SINGAPORE, July 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 300 international delegates from research and publishing circles gathered here Friday to pledge their commitment to research honesty and integrity.
Delegates from 59 nations and regions will agree on the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity -- the world's first research integrity code -- at the second World Conference on Research Integrity here Friday, according to local newspaper The Business Times.
The statement will be signed by the four conference hosts -- Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and research agency A* STAR.
"The Singapore statement is meant to be the first step towards defining fundamental principles of research conduct," said Nicholas Steneck, who is a consultant for the Office of Research Integrity in the U.S..
"We then hope that universities and professional societies can adopt and translate it for their own use," he said.
The first Conference of Research Integrity was held in 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal. While headway was made then towards a common understanding of research misconduct, participation from Asia was lackluster due to its location.