Research Misconduct

Three categories of activities are generally considered research misconduct. They are:

  • Falsification: misrepresentation of results;
  • Fabrication: reporting on experiments never performed; and
  • Plagiarism: taking the writings or ideas of another and representing them as one's own.

The National Science Foundation states that “other serious deviations from accepted practices” also constitute misconduct. Department of Health and Human Services also defines research misconduct.


Online courses

The below links provide information to researchers about what constitutes misconduct, how to report it, how institutions can deal with it, and how to identify practices that might decrease the risk of unwitting or deliberate research misconduct. Material presented in a fashion that encourages engagement in the process of ethical decision making. Includes case studies, Q&A and opportunities for reflection.

Research misconduct! What can you do next?


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