Research Integrity

Responsible conduct of research is fostered through a collaboration of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and Graduate Studies. The OVPR Research Compliance Office enforces research integrity rules and investigates allegations of research misconduct while the Office of Graduate Studies provides training and education program, Academic Integrity & Research Ethics (AIRE).  The AIRE program extends ethics and education throughout the university to foster a research culture of responsible conduct in research and other scholarly activities. Please check with AIRE and the associated Professional and Academic Workshop series to see current offerings of useful and informative workshops for you and your students.

 

To report Research Misconduct (plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication) as defined under UNM Faculty Handbook Policy E:40, please email us at rcgeneral@unm.edu or call  us (505) 277-1502 or at 1-888-899-6092.  Anonymous online reporting can be done through EthicsPoint at http://compliance.unm.edu/compliance-hotline/ . Anonymous claims and allegations can also be made by calling (505) 277-1502 and blocking the caller's number.  [Callers who wish to stay anonymous can typically block their number by pressing STAR 67 (*67)  and then dialing the number (in this case: *67277-1502 or for long distance calls: *6715052771502).  If a mobile phone is used to report alleged misconduct, the mobile service carrier needs to be contacted for instructions on how to block caller's information.] 

 

Research Ethics Education

Federal regulations require UNM to provide training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to earn certification in responsible conduct of research (RCR).

The AIRE program conducts RCR trainings and certification on a regular basis through a wide variety of options. Many departments offer certification opportunities through research methods classes, new student orientation, and other training opportunities each semester.

AIRE also sponsors separate courses, workshops series, and annual symposia that qualify for RCR certification. A number of faculty have chosen to be responsible for their student training using “ethics in context” or “ethics across the curriculum” formats.

The intent of these initiatives is to make RCR training attractive and convenient for students and faculty alike in a way that will add to their researcher experience.

 

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

MSC02-1665 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Address:

1805 Sigma Chi NE
Tel:   505.277.5358
Fax:  505.277.2697
Email:  rcgeneral@unm.edu

Office Hours:

8 am - noon & 1 pm - 5 pm
Monday through Friday

 

What is Responsible Conduct of Research

As of January 2010 major funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) began requiring investigators to provide training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) as part of their funding to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-docs and early career faculty.

RCR topics include:

  • conflict of interest and commitment;
  • ethical use of human and animal subjects in research;
  • authorship and publication;
  • data acquisition, management, ownership, sharing, and reproducibility;
  • peer review;
  • mentoring and mentee relationships;
  • research misconduct (plagiarism, fabrication, falsification) and whistleblower ethics;
  • collaborative research, including with industry; and,
  • scientists as responsible members of society.

For more information about RCR, please refer to the UNM Scientific Integrity Plan that is required by RCR regulation and is regularly updated.

 

How to Identify Research Misconduct

According to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

Data suggest that as many as 1 in 100 investigators could be involved in issues of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. Incidences of questionable research practices in general could be much higher, with estimated of rates of 10% to 30%.


For more information about how to identify research misconduct, see:

 

How to Report a Research Misconduct

Science cannot work if scientists conduct themselves poorly. Researchers bear a responsibility to the discipline to report something that is wrong. You should document and report questionable research practices when:

  • Criminal action is involved;
  • Research misconduct has occurred;
  • Physical injury or loss of life could result; and/or,
  • Facilities, equipment or materials and resources are at risk.

When reporting research misconduct, try to gather irrefutable evidence, such as a figure before it was manipulated and then the manipulated figure, email correspondence, or original lab notes along with backup copies. It is important to have a trusted person corroborate evidence. Make any claim of misconduct professionally and completely with the understanding that there are protections for the complainant. However, reprisals against whistleblowers can still occur in ways that are hard to enforce. Click here for link to UNM Policy on Whistle Blowing

 

UNM Faculty Handbook Policy E:40 defines research misconduct to include plagiarism, falsification and fabrication.  

Mechanisms for reporting research misconduct:

* Anonymous claims and allegations can be made through EthicsPoint or by calling (505) 277-1502 and blocking the caller's number.  A caller who wishes to stay anonymous can block his/her number by pressing STAR 67 (*67)  and then dialing the number, that is, by pressing:  *67277-1502.  For long distance calls, blocking can be accomplished by pressing:  *6715052771502.  If a mobile phone is used to report alleged misconduct, it is necessary to check with the mobile service carrier if *67 is an effective method to block the caller's number or if there is a better method.

 

For more information on reporting research misconduct, see: