Research Integrity

This page is your guide to resources for teaching responsible conduct of research, scholarship, and creative activities.

RCR memo - 8/29/16 (PDF)

MSU Responsible Conduct of Research Plans template 2016 (PDF)

RCR Minimum Plan requirements flow chart (PDF)

MSU Office of Regulatory Affairs Responsible Conduct of Research page with links to the SABA system and the RCR Core courses for graduate students

MSU Policy on NSF Funded Research 2009 (PDF)

The Resources contains powerpoint presentations on each of the (federal) Office of Research Integrity topics—with explanatory notes—that can be used as assigned readings and/or as the foundational material for guided discussions. You may use the PPT presentations and/or modify them by adding specific material for your discipline (e.g. specific information on authorship practices for your discipline). Case studies, additional readings, and links to useful websites are coming soon.

MSU RCR Plans (Click on your department)

On-line Research Integrity Courses by Epigeum, Ltd

THE LAB video

The long awaited release of "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct" is now available for viewing on the ORI web site. The video simulation allows users to assume the role of a graduate student, post-doc, research administrator, or PI and make decisions that affect the integrity of research.

RESEARCH and SCHOLARLY INTEGRITY: what it means for the QUALITY of YOUR research and scholarship:

Why This Is Important

“The scientific enterprise is built on a foundation of trust. Society trusts that scientific research results are an honest and accurate reflection of a researcher’s work. Researchers equally trust that their colleagues have gathered data carefully, have used appropriate analytic and statistical techniques, have reported their results accurately, and have treated the work of other researchers with respect. When this trust is misplaced and the professional standards of science are violated, researchers are not just personally affronted – they feel that the base of their profession has been undermined. This would impact the relationship between science and society. ...

Established researchers have a special responsibility in upholding and promulgating high standards in science. They should serve as role models for their students and for fellow researchers, and they should exemplify responsible practices in their teaching and their conversations with others. They have a professional obligation to create positive research environments and to respond to concerns about irresponsible behaviors. Established researchers can themselves gain a new appreciation for the importance of professional standards by thinking about the topics presented in this guide and by discussing those topics with their research groups and students. In this way, they help to maintain the foundations of the scientific enterprise and its reputation with society.”

Ralph J. Cicerone, Charles M. Vest, and Harvey V. Fineberg. 2009. Preface to “On Being a Scientist – A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research.” The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. 63pp.