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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 orie@vcu.edu.

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

Research integrity notices

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

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommendations updated

The Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated December 2021) 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 www.icmje.org. The News & Editorials tab provides additional information.

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.”

Additional information about this statement from the NIH Office of Extramural Research, as well as related links, can be found at Retraction Watch.

Contact us

Maryanne Kungu, CCRP
Research integrity analyst

Monika Markowitz, Ph.D.
Executive director
Research integrity and ethics
(804) 827-2157

Caley Dugan, MHA
Assistant director
Research integrity and ethics
(804) 827-2156