Conference Explores Misconduct in Clinical Research
June 18-19, 2015Chevy Chase, MDThe Second Institutional Review Board/ Research Integrity Officer (IRB-RIO) Conference, hosted by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and Georgetown University, is taking place June 18 - 19 in Chevy...
ORI on the Global Scene: Update from the 4th World Conference on Research Integrity
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilMay 31 – June 3, 2015It was a busy trip for Zoë Hammatt (Director, Division of Education and Integrity) and Susan Garfinkel (Director, Division of Investigative Oversight), who represented the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at the 4th World Conference on Research...
NIH and OHRP Offers AMA Credit for Workshop
We are delighted to assist with the promotion of a one-day educational workshop on human research protections jointly organized by the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Office of Extramural Research (OER) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) entitled “Getting...
CrashCourse Video Explains Basic Science
Hank Green of CrashCourse explains the scientific method, case studies, naturalistic observation, surveys and interviews, experimentation, and proper research practices in under 11 minutes.
FAQs - ORI Funding Opportunity Announcements
The Office of Research Integrity currently has two funding opportunity announcements (FOA) for research and conferences related to research integrity. Below are answers to frequently asked questions.Where can I view the FOAs?The FOAs can be viewed at Grants.gov Announcement of the...
Job Announcement: Director of the Office of Research Integrity
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTDIRECTOR, OFFICE OF RESEARCH INTEGRITY Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the SecretaryThe Department of Health and Human Services is seeking candidates experienced and specially trained in the conduct of research and experienced in the conduct of investigations...
ORI and Distinguished International Panel Present at #WCRI2015
U.S. Office of Research Integrity Training Session 4th World Conference on Research Integrity, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Sunday, May 31, 2015HANDLING RESEARCH MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS IN A GLOBAL CONTEXTSession Objectives: The proposed one-day training session aims to familiarize participants with...
ORI Planning “Research Integrity in Asia and the Pacific Rim Conference”
February 26, 2015In an effort to expand research integrity internationally, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is coordinating the “Research Integrity in Asia and the Pacific Rim Conference,” which will take place in Fall 2015. Research, like many modern industries, is becoming an...
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
The following was published in ORI's November 2014 Newsletter.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Research Integrity Officer Boot CampsWashington, D.C., co-sponsored by the University of VirginiaMarch 29 – April 1, 2015New York City, co-sponsored by...
ORI Welcomes Zoë Hammatt, New DEI Director
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) welcomes Zoë Hammatt. Ms. Hammatt is the new director of the Division of Education and Integrity. In this role, she will head several of ORI’s essential functions such as the Assurance Program, Research on Research Integrity Program, Educational...
Ethics Training Conference Available in June
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the University of Pittsburgh are holding a conference for institutional officials to train them to implement research ethics training. Information below is from their flyer (pdf). Educating Scientists in Research Ethics...
HHS Press Release on new interactive training video
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 31, 2014Contact: HHS Press Office202-690-6343New interactive video aims to better protect research subjects and reduce research misconduct in clinical researchThe Research Clinic, a Web-based interactive training video aimed at teaching clinical and social...
Update on ORI′s Funding Opportunity Announcement
Below is an update on potential grant applicants for ORI′s Funding Opportunity Announcement (http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248593) for research on the Responsible Conduct of Research and Research Integrity. ____________________________________________Salary Limitation...
ORI & OHRP to Release Interactive Video - Watch Trailer Now
Update (03/31/2014) The full version of The Research Clinic is now available at http://ori.hhs.gov/TheResearchClinicOffice of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) will release a web-based, interactive training video entitled The Research Clinic. The...
Answer to FOA Questions
Below are questions from potential grant applicants for ORI′s Funding Opportunity Announcement (http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248593) for research on the Responsible Conduct of Research and Research Integrity.Question: ″What is the budget limitation in the FOA?″Answer: The...
Changes to the ORI Annual Report
The Annual Report on Possible Research Misconduct (ARPRM, Form PHS-6349) was updated on December 31, 2013. The new form now requires institutions that receive PHS funding to include the contact information for the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)...
2014 Grant FOA on Research on Research Integrity (RRI)
The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for research on research integrity grants was published on December 2, 2013. ORI intends to support up to four awards with a maximum budget of $150,000 per year. Second-year funding may be available depending on successful completion of the first...
Case Study: Should you listen to a peer reviewer?
ORI will soon release a series of RCR case studies edited by Dr. James Dubois of St. Louis Univerity. The creation of the case studies was funded through ORI's RCR Resource Development program and involved a team of nearly 20 writers, contributors, and reviewers. These well-crafted case...
The Lab Available in Spanish
"The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct" is now available with Spanish subtitles. This version greatly increases the reach of The Lab to Spanish-speaking researchers and research administrators nationally and internationally. Spanish is among the top three languages spoken in the world....
FAQs for the ORI grant application
Below are frequently asked questions for ORI's request for applications for the Research on the Responsible Conduct of Research announcement.If you have further questions or need more clarification, you may post a message on this blog entry or contact Johanna Nester by phone (240-453-8435) or...
Update on Philippe Bois Research Misconduct Case
On April 18, 2013, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) published a notice of 2 findings of research misconduct by Dr. Bois in the Federal Register at 78 Fed. Reg. 23255 (.pdf).The Federal Register described the terms of the settlement agreement and set forth ORI’s research misconduct...
Case Study: "My Lab Boss Puts His Name on My Papers and Proposals"
Dr. James DuBois, St. Louis University, was awarded a contract from the ORI RCR Resource Development Program to create an RCR casebook with case studies and role playing activities. ORI will be releasing the finished casebook shortly via the ORI website....
Short video on conflict of interest and research integrity.
Denise McCartney speaks about conflict of interest and research integrity. McCartney is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration at WUSTL.She explains the definition of research integrity and the need of all research institutions to have a policy on handling research...
Mentoring is Not Just for Skill Development
Being a research mentor carries a lot of responsibility. It's common knowledge that in today's publish-or-perish world that principal investigators (PI) feel pressure to find positive results, publish papers, and get new funding. This may leave little time for PIs to invest the time to provide the...
Register for the ORI/Johns Hopkins Conference Today!!!
Space is filling up fast so don't forget to register for the "ORI at 20: Reassessing Research Integrity" conference. This year's meeting will provide rich content on handling allegations of research misconduct and fostering an environment for responsible research. Attendees will leave...
ORI Newsletter Addresses the Rise in Retractions
The constant attention to retractions brought forward by RetractionWatch.com along with a steady flow of news regarding research fraud has brought the topic of retractions to the mainstream amongst scientists. Seemingly, more researchers are reading published articles with higher...
ORI Conference Examines the Past, Present, and Future.
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) was formed in 1992 with the merger of the NIH Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI) and the Office of Scientific Integrity Review (OSIR) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS. Twenty years later, ORI has evolved into an office that...
Third World Conference on Research Integrity Coming In May
When the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) held the First World Conference on Research Integrity in 2007, we had no idea what would become of it. Held in Lisbon, the meeting attracted hundreds of participants from nearly 50 countries.The enthusiasm from...
THE LAB Now Available with Chinese Subtitles
In 2010, ORI screened The Lab at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore. The interactive video was well-received by the international research community, including by officials from the Chinese Ministry of Education. They quickly saw the potential of The Lab to improve...
New Interactive Video on Clinical Research Slated for 2013
In February 2011, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) launched “The Lab,” an interactive training video on the handling and prevention of research misconduct in laboratories. Each week, hundreds of learners watch The Lab, which is available for free on the ORI website. With the success of...
ORI Newsletter Focuses on Plagiarism
The topic of plagiarism seems to have gained popularity in the recent past. More and more companies are offering online plagiarism detection services, and several universities are adopting these services to catch academic dishonesty. Last year, ORI closed four cases involving plagiarism...
Why remediate researchers? A Response to Concerns
The RePAIR Program provides a formal method for rehabilitating researchers who have engaged in research misconduct or questionable research practices. This novel concept has raised an important questions. Why should researchers who engage in wrongdoing be allowed to be...
ORI Partners with Johns Hopkins Medicine for 2013 Annual Conference.
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and Johns Hopkins Medicine are co-sponsoring a conference which will be held in Baltimore, MD on April 3-5, 2013. Entitled "Reassessing Research Integrity," the meeting will take a look at the past, present, and future of research integrity. ...
RePAIR Program Provides Solution to Redeem Researchers
RePAIR (Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research) is a new program that “provides intensive professional development education for investigators who have engaged in wrongdoing or unprofessional behavior, including persistent non-compliance,” according to its leaders. RePAIR was developed...
MindOpen Digizine focuses on research misconduct
The question of what researchers can learn from violations of integrity lies at the center of MindOpen’s summer issue (http://www.mindopen.nl/pdf/mindopen_number_9_summer_2012.pdf). The digizine swirls around a case of large-scale fraud committed by social scientist Diederik Stapel who was...
DEI Director, John Galland, Retires from Government Service
Dr. John Galland retired last week as the Director of Division of Education and Integrity (DEI). Dr. Galland joined ORI in March 2009, bringing a unique approach to research education. During his tenure at ORI, he was involved with several activities to promote the Responsible Conduct of Research...
Can science journalists do more to uncover research misconduct?
Can science journalists do more to uncover research misconduct?No clear consensus emerged from the gathering of 250 science journalists and publishing officials at the Royal Society in London. In fact, the panel discussion and internet chatter probably raised more questions than they answered:...
Does self-deception play a role in questionable research practices?
Social scientist Leon Festinger did some fascinating studies in the 1950s on “cognitive dissonance.” He used the term to describe the uncomfortable tension people feel when they find their actions are inconsistent with their beliefs. Rather than change their behavior to fit their beliefs, they will...
One Year of Tweets
ORI expanded its social media presence when it joined Twitter.com one year ago on July 6, 2011. In the past year, we've used Twitter to inform the research community about conferences, research misconduct findings, education resources for research, and other research-oriented news. ...
UK Groups Release "The Concordat to Support Research Integrity "
Yesterday, a group comprising of government departments, research funders, and other stakeholders in the UK released a document that states their support to promote research integrity. The "Concordat" outlines responsibilities and expectations for researchers, research employers, and funders in...
Has RCR Training Worked?
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training has been around in some format (9 core areas and now 10 or more) for over a decade. After several years, many have wondered if RCR training has done what it was intended to do: prevent research misconduct and promote integrity....
Roig's Guideline 5: Whether we are paraphrasing or summarizing we must always identify the source of the information.
No matter how different the words are that you're using, when you are paraphrasing other people's works, it's always a good idea to provide the source of your information. Miguel Roig, from St. John's University, lays out 24 guidelines for preventing plagiarism. Number 5 on the...
Roig's Guideline 14: Double check your citations.
Providing proper citation may seem to be an easy chore compared to bench science, yet, this simple practice can be a source of problems if done incorrectly. Miguel Roig, from St. John's University, lays out 24 guidelines for preventing plagiarism. Number 14 on the list stresses the...
Sharing Data Prior to Publication. What Would You Do?
A researcher, speaking at a conference, presents two sets of results based on two related datasets. He references a paper that he published recently, describing in great detail the first set of results based on the first dataset. This paper mentions the second dataset but does not discuss the...
Sharing Data with a For-Profit Corporation. What Would You Do?
Your government-funded research at a university lab has produced results, published in a peer-reviewed journal, that have great potential for commercial application. A for-profit corporation requests a copy of your data, saying that they want this for use in their own research, and they have no...
Personal relationships within a lab. What Would You Do?
Romantic relationships have developed among doctoral candidates working in a large university laboratory on several occasions. Invariably these relationships have led to bad feelings, either among those involved or among their colleagues in the lab, and productivity has suffered as a result. The...
Quest for Research Excellence 2012 Summary
Held on March 15-16, 2012 in Washington DC, the Quest for Research Excellence 2012 conference provided an outstanding means to enhance the professional development and behavior of researchers:Attendees learned about issues such as best research practices, research on research integrity, and...
Areas research integrity may not have explored enough
“What areas do you think research integrity hasn't explored enough?” This question prompted different answers during the Quest for Research Excellence 2012 Conference being held in Georgetown, March 15-16. Here are some areas in research integrity that a few people attending the conference and...
5 Challenges in the Quest for Research Excellence
“It is an extraordinary privilege to be a scientist,” says Dr. Marlene Belfort in her keynote address at the Quest for Research Excellence 2012 Conference being held in Georgetown, March 15-16. There have been a number of points raised in discussions, presentations, and posters ranging from...
ORI Conference: Mini RIO Boot Camp Full
The Mini RIO Boot Camp at the Quest for Research Excellence Conference, which required pre-registration, is full! Those interested in knowing when the next full-scale RIO boot camp will be scheduled, should email their contact information to AskORI@hhs.gov
Speaker Highlight: Marlene Belfort
Marlene Belfort is a Distinguished Professor at SUNY Albany. She will be speaking about Work-Life balance for researchers at the ORI Quest for Research Excellence 2012 Conference. She will present "Work-Life Balance, Domestic Equilibrium and Research Excellence" on Thursday, March 15th...
ORI Conference Coming in March
The "Quest for Research Excellence" 2012 conference will take place March 15-16, 2012, and will be at Georgetown University's Leavey Conference Center and Hotel, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington DC 20057.Plenary speakers include:Dr. Jonathan Beckwith, a molecular biologist from Harvard...
ORI Closes 2011 with Four Cases Involving Plagiarism
Plagiarism is an issue that has plagued mankind for centuries. Along with falsification and fabrication of data, the act of plagiarism constitutes research misconduct as defined by ORI. Although it's one of the three misconduct behaviors, it has historicially made up a small percentage of...
New ORI Website Launched
ORI started the new year by launching the new website to better serve the research community. The new site replaces the old ORI site which was originally designed over 10 years ago. The completely revamped site is Section 508 compliant , user-friendly, and allows visitor to get to almost all...
ORI Announces New Director
We are pleased to announce that Dr. David E. Wright will be joining ORI in January as the new Director.From 1993-2004, Dr. Wright served as Michigan State University’s (MSU) Assistant Vice President for Research Ethics and Standards, as well as its Intellectual Integrity Officer, overseeing most of...