Ethics, Integrity and Conflict of Interest

Ethics and integrity in the conduct of research are critical to the scientific advancement of knowledge. As concerns about potential misconduct in the scientific community have increased, so has the need to articulate in a formal way the tenets of ethical practice. By reiterating these principles and defining scientific misconduct, ethical standards are reinforced and ambiguity is reduced. By establishing procedures for inquiry and investigation of allegations of scientific misconduct, equitable treatment is assured and self-regulation of the research community is strengthened.

Related DRI Policies
  • DRI Policies and Procedures for Ethical Research - Available in DRI Administrative Manual: "Ethics in research is the integrity in which the conduct of research through scientific advancement and knowledge is achieved."
  • DRI Policies and Procedures for Conflict of Interest - Available in the DRI Administrative Manual:  "Conflicts of interest are not necessarily unwarranted, unethical, or illegal, nor are they always avoidable.  Rather, it may be the failure to disclose conflicts or potential conflicts that is unethical and may be illegal under state and/or federal law."

Additional Resources

      On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research
This booklet, produced by the National Academy of Sciences, discusses topics related to values in science, conflicts of interest, publications and openness, allocation of credit, authorship practices, error and negligence, misconduct, and responding to violations.

      Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment That Promotes Responsible Conduct. Online text of book from the National Academies Press.

      Office of Research Integrity - US Department of Health and Human Services
Federal policies relating to ethics, misconduct and handling violations .