Research Integrity and Misconduct

Research Integrity

Research integrity means conducting research in a way that allows others to have trust and confidence in the methods used and the findings that result.  It includes:

  • the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research
  • reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines, and
  • following commonly accepted professional codes or norms.
Shared Values in Scientific Research
  • Honesty: convey information truthfully and honoring commitments
  • Accuracy: report findings precisely and take care to avoid errors
  • Efficiency: use resources wisely and avoid waste
  • Objectivity: let the facts speak for themselves and avoid improper bias

ECU expects all personnel who are involved in the research enterprise to promote the shared values in scientific research that define research integrity.

When a breach in these values occur, significant damage can result; from the loss of public trust to the loss of life.

We all share a responsibility in ensuring the integrity of research conducted under the auspices of ECU and have a professional duty to report suspected misconduct in research.

Research Misconduct and Foreign Influence in Research

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