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Responsible Conduct of STEM Research

Tips and sources to help you conduct sci-tech research in an ethical and responsible manner.

What is Research Misconduct?

From the U.S. Dept. of HHS Office of Research Integrity:

(a) Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
(b) Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
(c) Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

  • *Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

    ** Note: Self-plagiarism is NOT considered research misconduct in accordance to 42 CFR 93.


You suspect research misconduct. Now what?

Crossing the line into misconduct

Definition of research misconduct - FFP

Follow the general practices of the Responsible Conduct or Research (RCR) in several formats:

  • 26 Guidelines for avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and questionable writing practices, by M. Roig for (ORI). Full text. Summary, 2 pages.

Research Integrity

Plagiarism - learning tools

Data falsification/fabrication - learning tools

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