Open Letter

To: Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Oxford

Dear Sir,

I write to you with regard to the Annual Research Integrity Statement 2018* of the University of Oxford.:

The previous Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) of the University of Oxford had sent a letter to the MP and Chair of the Science Committee Norman Lamb on 21 Nov. 2017. The letter, which is publicly available, is regarding compliance with the “Concordat on Research Integrity”. The link, where also letters from other universities are published, is as follows.:

https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/science-technology/Correspondence/Research-Integrity-letters.pdf

The letter contains following statement.:

“In line with its recommendations, for the past three years the University has produced an annual high-level statement about formal investigations of research misconduct that have been undertaken (including, for transparency purposes, information about allegations of misconduct received and the outcome of these, even if they did not result in a formal investigation).”

The University of Oxford publishes Annual Research Integrity Statements on its website, as you know. In its “Annual Research Integrity Statement 2018” underreporting was done. This seems to stand in contradiction to the declaration in the letter. The table “Allegations notified to the Registrar's Office” (page 8 f.) is incomplete.: There is at least one allegation, which isn't listed in the table, though it had been reported by sending an email to the University of Oxford. The Registrar had acknowledged the receipt and considered the case as closed. The University of Oxford was requested by email, that this allegation should be added, but this wasn't done. Please be reminded, that the email communication (sent/ received) was forwarded to you (Aug. 2019).

I herewith request the publication of a revised Annual Research Integrity Statement 2018, which shall contain all allegations!

Best regards Anonymous

'* Contains following note: “This statement was discussed and approved at a meeting of the University’s Research and Innovation Committee on 28 February 2019.”