University of Cape Town hosts first World Conference on Research Integrity on the Africa Continent


The World Conference on Research Integrity will be hosted from May 29 to June 1, 2022, at the University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa. The conference theme is Fostering research Integrity in an Unequal Society and will draw participants from major universities and research institutes across Africa and other parts of the world.

The conference which is taking place in Africa for the first time has additional subthemes particularly relevant to many African and Low and Middle Income (LMIC) Countries. These include:
• Colonial legacies and research integrity: moving forward by building equity into research
• Counteracting plagiarism in multicultural and multilingual contexts
• Institutionalising Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education and training, including curriculum development and implementation in low resource settings
The conference will also address issues related to current global research integrity areas such as:
• Research Integrity as a driver of research excellence and public trust
• Ethical best practices in authorship, publication, and the use of research metrics
• Best practice in detection, investigation, and responding to research misconduct

An additional emerging subtheme includes ensuring research integrity in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution (the convergence of the physical, biological, and digital world)
There are many research institutions that help to foster integrity among researchers and the world conferences on research integrity (WCRI), which is a non-profit initiative that aids in fostering research integrity by promoting the continuation of world conferences on research integrity on a regular schedule.

One of the sole duties of a research institution is to delegate its research staff to avoid questionable research practices. Their integrity policies should constantly reiterate that research works should be as evidence-based as possible.
There is no unique methodology that is universally accepted for conducting responsible research, and neither is there a research procedure that is generally agreed upon as superior. However, conducting responsible scientific research ensures the research does not lose its integrity both in terms of its source and the information the research is trying to convey.


Munachiso Unamba


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