Integrity and ethics

VCU promotes research integrity and high ethical standards through adherence to the responsible conduct of research by the research community

Questions about any aspect of research integrity are encouraged. Contact the Research Integrity and Ethics at

Responsible conduct of research
Conflicts of interest in research
Research ethics consultation
Research misconduct

Research integrity notices

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommendations update

The Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated May 2023) were developed by the ICMJE “to review best practice and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research…, and to help authors, editors, and others involved in peer review and biomedical publishing create and distribute accurate, clear, reproducible, unbiased medical journal articles.” The updated recommendations may be found at The News and Editorials tab provides additional information.

Guidance and resources related to AI technology and authorship

“Authors should carefully review and edit the result because AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete, or biased. Authors should not list AI and AI-assisted technologies as an author or co-author, nor cite AI as an author. Authors should be able to assert that there is no plagiarism in their paper, including in text and images produced by the AI. Humans must ensure there is appropriate attribution of all quoted material, including full citations.” See: ICMJE - Defining the role of authors and contributors

“Generative artificial intelligence - this guide provides information for VCU students, faculty and staff on the topic of generative artificial intelligence tools so that they may assess practical and ethical issues relevant to their work within an academic setting.” See: VCU Libraries - Generative artificial intelligence

President Rao and vpri Rao's message regarding VCU ethics and integrity

A message regarding ethics and integrity for the VCU research enterprise from president Rao and vpri Rao - 9/20/2021

DHHS Office of Research Integrity infographics

DHHS Office of Research Integrity has developed a series of infographics addressing the Responsible Conduct of Research and the handling of research misconduct. Some examples are below:

Be available and approachable
Review raw data
Communicate expectations
Provide training and guidance
Know your Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

Statement on article publication resulting from NIH-funded research

The NIH released this statement on Nov. 3, 2017, to announce that “to protect the credibility of published research, authors are encouraged to publish papers arising from NIH-funded research in reputable journals.”