Here you will find materials collected from various sources as well as those developed by the Research Integrity Initiative on a variety of topics pertaining to research integrity. This page will be continuously updated over time.
The responsible conduct of research covers many areas. NIH guidance presents eleven topics which serve as a useful framework for organizing discussions around research integrity:
- Conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial – and conflict of commitment, in allocating time, effort, or other research resources.
- Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices.
- Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships.
- Safe research environments (e.g., those that promote inclusion and are free of sexual, racial, ethnic, disability and other forms of discriminatory harassment).
- Collaborative research, including collaborations with industry and investigators and institutions in other countries.
- Peer review, including the responsibility for maintaining confidentiality and security in peer review.
- Data acquisition and analysis; laboratory tools (e.g., tools for analyzing data and creating or working with digital images); record keeping practices, including methods such as electronic laboratory notebooks.
- Secure and ethical data use; data confidentiality, management, sharing, and ownership.
- Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct.
- Responsible authorship and publication.
- The scientist as a responsible member of society.
Discussion and Teaching Resources
Materials to assist in leading discussions around the responsible conduct of research are currently being developed and will be added here shortly. In the meantime, materials are available upon request.