Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research

Mark Your Calendar!!! Love Your Data Week is February 13-17, 2017

Love Your Data week is right around the corner on February 13-17, 2017!  The purpose of the Love Your Data (LYD) campaign is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and campus-based research data services.

This year's theme is about data quality for researchers at any stage in their career.  Each day will have a message and activity to help drive the conversation. 

NSF's OIG Warns Broader, Proactive Measures Needed to Protect Research Integrity

In the September 2016 Semiannual Report to Congress, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports on a series of misconduct investigations, involving data fabrication and plagiarism (starting on page 21).

The report details research misconduct findings from the past 6 months.  The titles of the cases provide a good indication of what they involved:

New White Paper, "Perspectives on Big Data, Ethics, and Society"

On May 23, 2016, the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society issued a comprehensive white paper entitled, Perspectives on Big Data, Ethics, and Society. This white paper is the result of two years of meetings and discussions about the ethical, social, legal, and policy challenges associated with the rise of big data, and resultant research and initiatives.

New Resource on Conducting Global Science Responsibly

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) last week released Doing Global Science: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise, a “new publication that offers guidance on conducting research responsibly in a research environment that is increasingly international and multidisciplinary.”

Want to Keep Current on Issues in Scientific Publishing? Follow Retraction Watch

Retraction Watch is a blog created by two medical reporters, Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky.  The site tracks, investigates, and reports on scientific retractions so researchers can keep up on what is going on in their fields in terms of publication issues. 

4th World Conference on Research Integrity: Call for Proposals

The 4th World Conference on Research Integrity will be held May 31 – June 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The conference theme is Research Rewards and Integrity: Improving Systems to Promote Responsible Research.  The call for proposals outlines two categories: research papers on research integrity, and reports or analyses of related issues.  For more information, visit the conference website.

Study of Academic Economists' Research Practices Reveals Scientific Misbehavior

In a recent post on the London School of Economics and Political Science Impact of Social Science blog, Sarah Necker highlights results of her recent study about academic economists’ research conduct.   While the finding that “…surveyed economists almost unanimously reject the fabrication or falsification of research as well as plagiarism” is good news, of great concern are the findings that “cardinal sins such as the correction, fabrication or partial exclusion of data or the

NIH Updates Web-based Resources on Research Integrity

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated its Web-based resources on research integrity.  New resources include a videoclip, “Protecting Confidentiality in Peer Review”, and links to NIH training on the responsible conduct of research.  Other information includes related policies and regulations, research integrity professional codes, norms, and ethics training, and NIH bioethics resources.

Social Responsibility and Research Ethics

The Spring 2014 issue of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Professional Ethics Report features a cover story by Stephanie Bird (formerly of MIT) entitled, Social Responsibility and Research Ethics: Not Either/Or but BothIn this article, Dr.

April 21–25, 2014 is Plagiarism Education Week

Plagiarism Education Week: From Copying to Critical Thinking is a virtual conference hosted by Turnitin and other sponsors.  There are daily webcasts throughout the week featuring educators and educational experts sharing ideas and best practices to prevent plagiarism.


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