Correction of errors in TT article on alleged misconduct
The TT News Agency article “Fiskforskning friades först från fusk” (“Fish research initially cleared of misconduct”), which has been widely published in the media, claims that Uppsala University had taken a decision to clear the researchers behind the article on microplastics consumption by fish of allegations of misconduct. This is incorrect. Uppsala University has not yet taken a decision in the matter. This means that the University has neither found the researchers guilty nor cleared them of research misconduct.
The University commissioned a group of external experts to conduct a preliminary investigation, which was completed in August 2016. The University has also been waiting for an opinion requested from the Central Ethical Review Board. This was received at the end of April 2017. The University will take both the report from the preliminary investigation and the opinion of the Central Ethical Review Board into account in its continued processing of the complaint of misconduct in research and its upcoming decision.
The TT News Agency article “Fiskforskning friades först från fusk” (“Fish research initially cleared of misconduct”) was first published online on 4 May 2017. The University has contacted TT News Agency and drawn their attention to the errors.
Read Uppsala University’s guidelines for handling complaints of research misconduct received before 1 February 2017: Regulations about the procedure in case of a person being accused of scientific misconduct (UFV 2010/664).