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​Unified set of standards for research publications to advance research ethics in Singapore

Published on: 22-Nov-2016

- A*STAR, NTU, NUS, and SUTD to lead the drive for research publication standards 


To harmonise policies and further establish our commitment to research integrity. A*STAR, NTU, NUS and SUTD have adopted a unified set of standards for research publications. 

At an inaugural joint conference on research integrity today, A*STAR, NUS, NTU and SUTD have issued a joint statement that outlines the research publication principles that their researchers must adhere to. 

​These principles will allow these institutions to maintain the highest standards of research and publication ethics. For the full statement, refer here​.

The statement has its roots in the Singapore Statement of Research Integrity issued in 2010, which aimed to develop unified codes of conduct and policies that would further greater research integrity worldwide. 

Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR said: “A robust culture of research integrity and ethics is critical for Singapore to succeed in its ambition to become Asia’s Innovation Capital. Research is a global undertaking, therefore it is crucial to inculcate the values of research integrity and develop shared practices among research communities. A more harmonised approach from the Singapore research community is vital for realising our goals for RIE2020. The universities and A*STAR have taken an important step towards achieving a nationwide commitment in this area.” 

Professor Freddy Boey, Provost, Nanyang Technological University, said: “NTU has always taken research integrity seriously and has a zero tolerance towards research misconduct. This Joint Statement with the other leading research institutions in Singapore is based on the Singapore Statement drawn up at the Second World Conference on Research Integrity in 2010 that was initiated and hosted by NTU. This new statement re-iterates our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity in research, especially in terms of research publications - the life blood and currency of research. It demonstrates our desire to work together to promote best practices in conducting research and presenting Singapore at the forefront of professionally responsible research practices.”

Professor Barry Halliwell, Senior Advisor to the President, National University of Singapore, said: “NUS established a strong code of research integrity in 2006 and we have been in detailed discussions with A*STAR and NTU to compare our codes and identify best practices. The Joint Statement is the first fruit of these labours, stating clearly the common key principles that we will all follow relating to integrity of publications.” 

Professor Chong Tow Chong, Provost of Singapore University of Technology and Design​, said: “Integrity is one of SUTD's core values and the conduct of research with the highest standards of integrity is fundamental to SUTD. It is important to have a unified set of standards for research publications as this can help to ensure that researchers in different organisations are all adhering to the same codes of conduct. This will not only lead to a higher standard of research integrity and ethics in academia, but also in real findings that will help better the world for mankind.”

The conference was followed by breakout discussions involving leaders of the Singapore research community to share institutional best practices and discuss principles and standards for research integrity.

The four organisations are currently in discussion with other institutes of higher learning and grant administrating bodies on further adoption and commitment to a Singapore-wide statement. 


The Singapore Statement of Research Integrity was developed as part of the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity in 2010 in Singapore. Link to the ​full statement and background:  



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About Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world's top young university for the last two years running. The University's main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore's medical district.

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit society.

As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by contributing to societal benefits such as improving outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. 

We play a key role in nurturing and developing a diversity of talent and leaders in our Agency and Research Institutes, the wider research community and industry. A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. 

For more information on A*STAR, please visit​.

About National University of Singapore (NUS)

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore's flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

NUS has 17 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 38,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.

NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 29 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore's fifth RCE. The University has established many research partnerships and joint laboratories with academic institutions, industry leaders and government agencies. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.  

For more information on NUS, please visit

About Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

SUTD is Singapore's fourth public university, and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SUTD seeks to nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators in engineering product development, engineering systems and design, information systems technology and design, and architecture and sustainable design, to serve societal needs.

Also in collaboration with Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Singapore Management University (SMU), SUTD, a research-intensive university, is distinguished by its unique East and West academic programme which incorporates elements of technology, entrepreneurship, management and design thinking. Graduate opportunities include an MIT-SUTD Dual Masters' Degree Programme and an SUTD PhD Programme.​




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