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Research Integrity and Peer Review

Iveta Simera, UK EQUATOR Centre, UK

Iveta Simera is Deputy Director of the UK EQUATOR Centre at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford. Dr Simera joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine in 2006 to help establish the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) programme, an international initiative that works to improve the accuracy, completeness and transparency of health research publications. In her current role she leads the development of the UK Centre’s programme with a particular focus on the development of the EQUATOR online resources and training programme. As a member of the EQUATOR Steering Group she influences the strategic direction of further EQUATOR Network development.

Iveta has a PhD degree in Plant Genetics from Charles University in Prague and a degree in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. She has broad research and project management experience including laboratory research, development of systematic reviews and clinical and reporting guidelines. Since moving to England in 2000, she has held various research positions at the Cochrane Collaboration, Royal College of Nursing Institute, and at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London.

Iveta has a longstanding interest in improving the quality of health research studies and scientific publications. Areas of her interest include professional ethics / ethical conduct and publication of medical research, development of education and training, research synthesis, knowledge management and project management.

Competing interests

Personal

I am Deputy Director of the UK EQUATOR Centre and Programme Manager of the EQUATOR Network hosted by the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford, UK. EQUATOR is an international initiative that works to improve the quality of health research reporting and of research itself (www.equator-network.org). An important part of my work includes the development of EQUATOR online resources and training. EQUATOR also supports the development and promotion of reporting guidelines. Payment of my salary is supported by EQUATOR grant funding from the UK MRC and NIHR.

Unpaid positions (current)

I am a member of the UK NHS Research Ethics Committee Oxford B.