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Research Misconduct

According to Iowa State University Research Misconduct Policy, research misconduct is defined as

"fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results. It also includes ordering, advising or suggesting that subordinates engage in research misconduct. The misconduct must depart significantly from accepted practices of the relevant research community and must be committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly. It does not include honest error or differences of opinion."  (Source:  Iowa State University Research Misconduct Policy)

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Below are a variety of resources that researchers and instructors may find useful when learning about or teaching about research misconduct.

Educational Materials


Iowa State University Resources

  • GRST 565 – Responsible Conduct of Research
    This graduate-level course meets federal requirements for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Topics include research misconduct, plagiarism, human and animal research, conflicts of interest, data management and security, export control and permits, mentor and trainee responsibilities, collaborative research, authorship and publication, peer review, causes of research misconduct, and what to do if research misconduct happens in your lab.
  • Postdoctoral Seminar on the Responsible Conduct of Research
    This is a free, non-credit version of GRST 565 for postdocs, staff, and other interested parties. It is identical to the graduate course. The seminar is advertised prior to the beginning of term, usually in E-News for Researchers. NTER and regular faculty are welcome to attend.
  • Plagiarism Detection Software
    ISU currently subscribes to iThenticate plagiarism detection software.  Learn more» 
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