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Forensic science research and practice: creating a culture of integrity

Forensic Sciences Research Volume 6, issue 4 publishes

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This special issue includes a review article, three original articles, seven short communications, and an opinion article from leading scientists in the field that further the discussion on forensic science research and practice.

Guest Editor: Zoë Hammatt

In this special issue, experts in forensic science and other disciplines shed light on research integrity from a broad perspective on research culture to specific skills such as acknowledgement of cognitive bias, responsible authorship, and exemplary training and mentoring. Further exploration of these and other topics inherent to creating a thriving research culture will take place during the 7th World Conference on Research Integrity in May 2022 ( The conference theme, “Fostering Integrity in an Unequal World”, has taken on even more urgency considering inequities brought into sharp focus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world. A video introduction to the issue by the Guest Editor, Zoë Hammatt, can be viewed at

Featured papers in this issue are:

Review Article

Predatory journals and meetings in forensic sciences: what every expert needs to know about this “parasitic” publishing model

Ricardo Jorge Dinis-Oliveira

This work aims to review the main characteristics of predatory journals and meetings and to analyze this topic in the context of forensic and legal medicine research.


Original Articles

The next steps in academic integrity — education, awareness, norms, duty and law

Yuehong (Helen) Zhang, Hanfeng Lin, Xinxin Zhang & Qing Ye

The global awareness of academic integrity is imbalanced, especially in densely populated areas in the world, all of which shows that research integrity will always coexist with scientific exploration.


Short Communications

Research integrity — it’s about more than misconduct

Frances Downey & Rebecca Veitch

Research integrity is about more than misconduct. It is about culture and environment, and it is about behaviours and expectations.


From research integrity to research relevance to advance forensic science

Claude Roux & Weyermann Céline

Integrity is as essential for forensic science research as it is for all disciplines. Nevertheless, integrity without relevance will not advance forensic science. Thoughtful consideration of the relevance of research is more likely to produce research that has greater value and improves the practice of forensic science.


The COVID-19 pandemic: some thoughts on integrity in research and communication

David Morens & Zoë Hammatt

In a pandemic, scientists often find themselves standing at the interface between science and the public, talking to politicians and policymakers, to the media, and directly to the public. It can be unsettling to assume this role. The modern communications universe is complex and fast moving. At times, there seems to be more interest in shocking and titillating than in providing useful information. Such an environment is alien to the world of evidence-based research.



Research integrity in forensic anthropology

Douglas H. Ubelaker

While integrity in forensic research remains a universal goal, it is difficult to precisely define. In this article the author reveals key elements of research integrity and offers suggested guidelines.  


Other articles published in the issue include:



Spotlight on research integrity: international insights on strengthening research culture in the forensic sciences and beyond

Zoë Hammatt


Original Articles

Responsible research and innovation training programs: implementation and evaluation of the HEIRRI project

Ružica Tokalić, Ivan Buljan, Niels Mejlgaard, Mar Carrió, Alexander Lang, Gema Revuelta, Ana Marušić & HEIRRI Consortium


Elucidating authorship issues as an element of research quality at Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency

Sudarat Luepongpattana, Aviga Soonmongkol, Supattra Laorrattanasak, Ansucha Prucksunand & Prasit Palittapongarnpim


Short Communications

Science Serving Justice: opportunities for enhancing integrity in forensic science in Africa

Antonel Olckers & Zoë Hammatt


Integrity and resilience in the face of multiple crises: commentary from Puerto Rico

Richard J. Noel Jr & Jose A. Torres-Ruiz


Mainstreaming responsible conduct of research education in Malaysia 

De-Ming Chau, Lay Ching Chai, Manraj Singh Cheema & Abhi Veerakumarasivam


The value of the world conferences on research integrity: perspectives from Peru 

Mariela Dejo-Vásquez, Roxana Lescano & Juan Guillermo Pérez-Carreño


Guest Editor Biography

Zoë Hammatt, a licensed attorney with a Master's degree in Law and Ethics in medicine, provides writing services and research integrity consultation as President of Z Consulting, LLC.  She also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, HI, USA. She previously served as Director of the Division of Education and Integrity at the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, Legal and Regulatory Specialist for an NIH-funded translational research network, and Director of the Research Integrity Program and Research Integrity Officer at the University of Hawaii. Ms. Hammatt has handled numerous cases of alleged misconduct and questionable research practice and contributed to policy development and teaching in medical ethics and the responsible conduct of research in a global context. She is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Research Integrity Network, the Latin American Research Integrity Network, and the African Research Integrity Network, as well as serving as a member of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Governing Board. 

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