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The responsible conduct of research requires the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research; reporting research while adhering to rules, regulations, and guidelines; and following commonly accepted professional codes or norms.

Research Misconduct means Fabrication, Falsification, or Plagiarism.

  • Fabrication - making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification - manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results in such a way that the research is not accurately represented.
  • Plagiarism - Appropriating someone else's ideas, process, results, or words without proper attribution.

Research and Scholarly Misconduct Policies and Procedures

The link above outlines the Research and Scholarly Misconduct Policies and Procedures.


References addressing responsible conduct of research.

Appendix B - Outline for an Inquiry/Investigation Report for ORI

This annotated outline may prove useful in preparing the Inquiry/Investigation Report required by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), under the PHS regulation, except when special factors may suggest a different approach.

Appendix C - Sample Research Misconduct Conflict of Interest Statement

This is a sample conflict of interest statement for research misconduct matters. This is different than the annual employee conflict of interest statement.

PHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) oversees and directs Public Health Service (PHS) research integrity activities on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the exception of the regulatory research integrity activities of the Food and Drug Administration.

PHS Office of Research Integrity Policies & Regulations

Policies and Regulations related to The Office of Research Integrity (ORI).


Online training in the Responsible Conduct of Research is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Faculty, staff and students may register at CITI as a person affiliated with the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.Select from one of four Responsible Conduct of Research courses available (Biomedical; Humanities; Physical Science; or Social and Behavioral). Each has seven modules and takes 30-35 minutes to complete.

New Modules Available to Introduce Undergraduates to Research Integrity

Introducing undergraduates to the principles of research integrity is as important as teaching them research methods and best practices for reproducibility and replicability. Now you can provide this introduction in an effective, time-efficient way with a cluster of self-directed, interactive modules that can be incorporated into your courses or assigned to your mentees and research assistants. Modules available right now include:

  • Introduction to Research Integrity
  • Research Misconduct
  • Your Research Mentor

The modules are offered as mini-courses in Blackboard. Students will find instructions for enrolling in the library guide Research Integrity Modules. Mentors and instructors can track completion of the modules by following the instructions in the guide.

These modules were developed by a U of A team representing the Honors College, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance and the University Libraries. This team welcomes your questions, feedback and suggestions for developing additional modules. Please contact Melody Herr.

Research Integrity and Compliance Events & Meetings

Committee meetings will be conducted via Teams or Zoom until further notice.

Here is a complete list of Research Integrity and Compliance events.

Research Integrity and Compliance News