Publication and Research Integrity in Medical Research (PRIMeR)

Improving the reliability of the medical research literature
Our group leads research and advocacy to improve the reliability of the research literature and reduce research waste. We advocate for transformed research publication standards and error correction capacity.

Based at the NSW Health Statewide Biobank in Camperdown, the PRIMeR group forms part of the Cancer theme of the School of Medical Sciences.

We are also part of the Truth Decay node of the Charles Perkins Centre.

Research areas include:

  • Prevalence of problematic biomedical research papers across research fields and journal types
  • Impact of problematic papers through citation analysis
  • Textual analysis of problematic papers
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant APP1184263, “Prevalence and impact of fraudulent cancer research publications targeting the functions of human genes", JA Byrne, C Labbé, A Capes-Davis, 2020-2024
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant APP2029249, “Problematic articles and literature reviews in molecular cancer research", JA Byrne, A Barnett, 2024-2026

Please see our recent publications on Professor Jennifer Byrne's academic profile.

The PRIMeR group collaborates with publication and research integrity experts and organizations across Sydney, Australia and internationally. Some of our partners include:

  • Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science (AIMOS)
  • Northwestern University, USA
  • Queensland University of Technology, Qld
  • Retraction Watch, USA
  • ScreenIT group, Germany
  • Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France
  • Professor Jennifer Byrne: Research group leader
  • Ms Danielle Oste, Research associate
  • Mr Pranjuan Pathmendra: PhD candidate

Former group members

  • Mr Yasunori Park: Research associate


Group Leader

Professor Jennifer Byrne
Professor Jennifer Byrne
Academic profile


  • NSW Health Statewide Biobank Professor Marie Bashir Centre Missenden Road Camperdown