oa South African Journal of Science - Research ethics and integrity challenges require innovative approaches - commentary

Volume 115 Number 11-12
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



Our world is growing. The number of researchers and academics is increasing. The pressure for these researchers and academics, and indeed their institutions, to publish more is ongoing. Consequently, the number of research publications in both journals and books is on an exponential upward trajectory. Coupled with this positive trend is the challenge facing all countries, both developed and developing, to uphold the ethics of research and advance research integrity. However, this task is no longer simple and requires innovative, collaborative and coordinated approaches to ensure the integrity of the research enterprise. Research integrity may be viewed as active adherence to the ethical principles and professional standards essential for the responsible practice of research.

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