Plagiarism: Don Asks Polytechnics To Develop Research Integrity Measures

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by henry tyohemba,  Abuja

Nigerian polytechnics and monotechnics have been urged to develop research integrity measures and structures to check incidences of plagiarism among researchers.

The Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Osun State College of Technology, Esa- Oke, Adewoyin Victor gave the charge in a paper he presented at the first Nigerian Polytechnics and Monotechnics’  chief lecturers, deans/academic directors and chairmen, publications committee conference.

The conference with the theme, “ Research misconduct: Identification, causes, prevention and framework for responsible research conduct, “was hosted by Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.

Victor said there must be a continuous sensitization public debate and scrutiny in the Nigerian polytechnic system that will bring about the enactment of misconduct and conflict of interest rules.

He stressed the need for the institutions to establish office of research integrity as is the practice  in  foreign countries.

The guest lecturer added that:”There must be conscious and deliberate effort to affiliate with the international research community to promote research integrity and publication ethics.

“There must be technical cooperation between institutions, funding agencies and journals on research integrity cases.

All research and publication misconduct must be fully investigated.

“In order to truly optimize the research quality and benefits, a positive (conducive) research environment must be created which allows for thoughtful linking, rigorous analysis and commitment to the dissemination of research results and adherence to the use of professional standards

Education in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) must be continuous and complimented with mentorship of young researchers.

“The Nigerian Polytechnic System though encountering ethical challenges must take necessary actions and put in place measures to be a vanguard of Responsible Conduct of Research and Publication.”

In his remarks, the rector of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Alh Mas’ud Elelu said the conference was organised primarily to encourage academic staff of Nigerian Polytechnics and Monotechnics to engage in research works.