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Res Integr Peer Rev. 2018 Dec 19;3:15. doi: 10.1186/s41073-018-0055-1. eCollection 2018.

RePAIR consensus guidelines: Responsibilities of Publishers, Agencies, Institutions, and Researchers in protecting the integrity of the research record.


The progression of research and scholarly inquiry does not occur in isolation and is wholly dependent on accurate reporting of methods and results, and successful replication of prior work. Without mechanisms to correct the literature, much time and money is wasted on research based on a crumbling foundation. These guidelines serve to outline the respective responsibilities of researchers, institutions, agencies, and publishers or editors in maintaining the integrity of the research record. Delineating these complementary roles and proposing solutions for common barriers provide a foundation for best practices.


Agencies; Communication; Editors; Institutions; International; Publishers; Research integrity; Research misconduct; Researchers; Retractions

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Not applicableNot applicableLyndon Branfield is a legal advisor for journals published by Springer Nature, including RIPR. Tamara Welschot is a Head of Advisory and Assurance, Research Integrity at Springer Nature.Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

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