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Information Disclaimer

Information on this Web site is only intended as general summary information that is made available to the public. This service is continuously under development. We will make every effort to keep this site current and to correct errors brought to our attention.

Information on this Web site is not intended to provide specific advice. Information resources are designed to help users better understand Federal Government regulation of research and research misconduct, including the responsible conduct of research. Individuals are urged to consult with responsible officials at the institution with which they are affiliated, including the institution’s legal counsel.

Information on this Web site is not intended to take the place of applicable law and regulations. The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations remain the official sources for regulatory information published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Translations of any materials into languages other than English are intended solely as a convenience to the non-English-reading public. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material in English, but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. References identifying the original document in English are available in most non-English documents.

Liability Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the electronic documents and resources provided on this Web site. However, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) make no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding errors or omissions and assume no legal liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from the use of information contained within. 

HHS and ORI cannot endorse, or appear to endorse, derivative or excerpted materials, and it cannot be held liable for the content or use of adapted products that are incorporated on other Web sites. Any adaptations of these electronic documents and resources must include a disclaimer to this effect. Advertising or implied endorsement for any commercial products or services is strictly prohibited.

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This Web site has links to other Federal and State agencies, and in a few cases links to private organizations. The inclusion of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government, HHS, or ORI of the linked Web resources or the information, products, or services contained therein. The Agency does not exercise any control over the content on these sites. You are subject to that site's privacy policy when you leave this site.

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Intrusion Detection Notice

This site is sponsored by the U.S. Government. The use of this server and its contents are monitored for computer security purposes. Any unauthorized access to the computer systems of this Department is prohibited and is subject to criminal and civil penalties under Federal laws. 

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, software programs are used to monitor traffic and identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual. 

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This material may include useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and persons. We provide these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience. Such links are indicated by our standard exit icon (). These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of ORI or HHS, the United States Government, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying ORI or HHS endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving the ORI domain and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

ORI does not control nor guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on an externally linked website.

ORI and this blog do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

ORI cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.

ORI is not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

Blog Commenting Policy

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) encourages public comments to posts on the ORI Blog. The blog is moderated to ensure appropriate commenting and to protect privacy. ORI reserves the right to determine if comments violates the commenting policy.

Comments which are deemed not relevant to the original blog post and/or not relevant to other approved comments will not be posted. Public comments will not be posted if they are deemed obscene, profane, defamatory, threatening, libelous, unlawful, or contain other material which could encourage or constitute conduct that could give rise to a civil liability, be considered a criminal offense, or otherwise violate any law or regulation. Comments containing advertisements, links to web sites with objectionable content, personal attacks directed at other readers, and “spam” material will not be posted.

To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, comments containing contact information may be rejected or edited based on appropriateness. Grammar and spelling errors will not be corrected.

Comments can be posted at any time. Moderation of comments will occur during core business hours, Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 3:00PM Eastern Time. Comments posted after core business hours will be moderated during the following business day. ORI will work diligently to moderate comments as soon as possible.

Media should not use the blog as a way of obtaining feedback from ORI or its visitors. Media should contact ORI through normal channels to obtain interviews or information. Questions or comments on the blog from the media will not be posted or answered.



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