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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Research Integrity

Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct
Responsibilities of Principal Investigators
Basic Academic Value Used in Assessing Potential Conflicts of Interest
Key Principles of Integrity in Science

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Responsibilities of Principal Investigators
  • The validity and quality of the data and manuscripts generated from their laboratories

  • Fulfilling all departmental and University research and publications standards, policies, and procedures

  • Orienting students, research fellows, residents, and staff to those standards, policies and procedures, and to the maximum extent possible, seeing to it that those standards are upheld

  • Overseeing work performed by students, research fellows, residents and staff to ensure that each has the knowledge, information, and skills necessary to meet those standards

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Basic Academic Value Used in Assessing Potential Conflicts of Interest
  • An open academic environment is maintained

  • There are no restrictions on publication or dissemination of information

  • The intellectual freedom of students is protected

  • The use of University resources and facilities is appropriate

  • The fair licensing of new technology is ensured

  • The research is appropriate to the mission of the University

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Key Principles of Integrity in Science
  • Open publication and discussion of methods and results

  • Careful observation of requirements for confidentiality in the peer review process

  • Proper supervision of personnel and data

  • An emphasis on the quality of research

  • Appropriate relations with industry

  • Avoidance of conflicts of interest

  • Compliance with regulatory requirements for conducting research

  • Maintenance of accurate and detailed records of research procedures and results

  • Suitable assignment of credit and responsibility for research publications

-Office of Research Integrity
Department of Health and Human Services, 1998

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