Office of Research Integrity
By adhering to institutional policies and procedures, federal regulations, and best practices within the research community, the University of Rochester Medical Center is committed to research integrity. To learn more about research integrity, follow the links below.
For purposes of this policy, “research” is defined as all basic, applied, and demonstration research in all fields of science, engineering, and mathematics. This includes, but is not limited to, research in economics, education, linguistics, medicine, psychology, social sciences, statistics, and research involving human subjects or animals.
"Research misconduct" is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Fabrication is defined as making up data or results and recording or reporting them. Falsification is defined as manipulating research materials, equipment or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record. Plagiarism is defined as the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results or words without giving appropriate credit. Honest error or difference of opinion is not research misconduct.
Confidential allegations of research misconduct may be reported to the Research Integrity Office, by contacting Ania Dworzanski. In addition, improper or unethical behavior concerns that could jeopardize the integrity of the institution, including suspected violations of federal or state regulations, can be reported confidentially to the URMC Integrity Hotline, (585) 756-8888, managed by the URMC Compliance Office, or online.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will serve as an oversight committee to the Office of Research Integrity.
Research Integrity Resources
School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Research Administration at the University of Rochester
- Research Misconduct Policy
- Office for Human Subject Protection
- protocols.io - Faculty, staff, and students now have access to protocols.io through an institutional subscription: Protocols.io is an open-access method of sharing laboratory and clinical trial/study protocols. Submitted protocols receive a unique Digital Object Identifier, can be linked directly to publications, and record comments/suggestions from the research community. Protocols.io can also be used as a private virtual notebook for laboratory and computational procedures. Access is provided by Miner Library, in collaboration with the Scientific Advisory Committee. Follow these directions to create or access your premium account.
- iThenticate - The University is offering iThenticate, plagiarism detection software, to all University faculty. This is the same software used by the US Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, as well as all of the major research journals. Faculty can register for an account here. Once your account has been established—you will receive a confirmation email within two business days—you can upload funding applications and research papers for comparison to more than 72 billion active and historical archived websites, 165 million offline publication articles, and several major library networks. This service is currently available to faculty only; students will need to contact their faculty advisor and work with them to use iThenticate. Email iThenticate@rochester.edu with questions.
National Institutes of Health
US DHHS Office of Research Integrity