ORI Announcements & Reporting

Since Madhamster asked, others may be interested in knowing a tad more about the Office of Research Integrity. The Notices of Scientific/Research Misconduct are published in multiple places: the NIH Guide, the Federal Register, and of course the ORI Website itself. You can get them via listserv (such as the weekly NIH Guide TOC) or RSS feed if you want up-to-the-minute updates. Because ORI also polices the NIH intramural labs, it is an office in the DHHS, not the NIH itself. In a nutshell, institutions submit reports on possible research misconduct on an annual basis to remain eligible for PHS funding, and they must have an administrative process for responding to allegations of research misconduct in compliance with the PHS Policies on Research Misconduct (42 C.F.R. 93). Data from these submissions are tallied in various summary reports, and ORI prepares other interesting publications, such as the effect of reporting misconduct on whistleblowers or the effect of alleged but not proven misconduct on the careers of those who are exonerated. I won’t give the full tutorial since ORI maintains an excellent Website, but those ORI folks who occasionally surf by this blog would be welcome to share any specific comments they think would be useful or enlightening to the researching community.

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