Resources concerning Integrity and Scientific Misconduct
by Medard Ng, iTHRIV Research Quality Manager
Per the NIH, research integrity includes: (1) the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research; (2) reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines; and (3) following commonly accepted professional codes or norms. Research misconduct (42CFR93) is defined as fabrication, falsification and plagiarism (FFP).
To help investigators understand these important topics, the following resources are available in the iTHRIV Research Concierge Portal.
To learn more on this topic, it is suggested that investigator starts with a lively presentation by the late Dr. Schachman on a historical perspective of the government's involvement in issues of misconduct in science, starting with congressional hearings on fraudulent research. Dr. Michael Lauer (NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research) discussed how institutions can promote a culture of research integrity. In the 'All About Grants' Podcast on Research Misconduct, Dr. Christine Ring (NIH Research Integrity Officer) discussed what is meant by fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism, how it affects the integrity of NIH supported research, what to do if you suspect research misconduct, and much more.
Last, but not the least, be sure to check out the resources (education resources, compliance program) from your own institution: the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic, and Inova Health System.
For additional queries please feel free to reach out to iTHRIV.