This concordat helps to ensure that research produced by or in collaboration with the UK research community is underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.
Commitment to the principles set out in the concordat helps demonstrate to government, business, international partners and the public that they can continue to have confidence in the research produced by the UK research community. It provides assurances of the standards expected of all stakeholders, identifying five commitments that all those engaged with research should be able to make.
The research community is already doing much to ensure that the integrity of research and scholarship in the UK is beyond reproach. The concordat represents a chance to celebrate our achievements. But it must also be used as an opportunity to reflect on where we can improve.