Some faculty, including full professors, don't understand how to provide proper attribution to others in their writing.
That was one of the findings of a report on training in the responsible conduct of research on
campuses across the nation conducted by the National Science Foundation's Inspector
General. Responsible conduct of research, or RCR, as it's known in the field, is the ethical practice of science. It covers all aspects of scientific inquiry, including publication
The report, "OIG Review of Institutions' Implementation of NSF's Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements," states that faculty, rather than students, were the subjects of 96 percent of the plagiarism cases in which NSF made a finding of research misconduct from FY2012-2016. Most of them stated they "were unaware that using someone else's words verbatim required quotation marks."
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The National Science Foundation will present its Fall Grants Conference Nov. 13-14 in Phoenix, AZ. Details are available here. If you can't make the trip, you can watch a live webcast of the event from your rain-surrounded office.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Check out the National Institutes of Health's policy changes changes regarding human subjects research and clinical trials. The definition of clinical trials is broader, new forms will be rolled out and policies regarding clinical trials are being modified.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Research misconduct -- primarily plagiarism and data falsification -- figure prominently in the latest Semiannual Report to Congress by the National Science Foundation's Office of the Inspector General. Those investigated included a full professor, assistant professors and graduate students. The full report is available here.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
All federal agencies must have a public access plan that sets out requirements for the sharing of data collected from and scholarly articles generated by funded research. However, the details vary from agency to agency. Click here for a list of current agency public access plans.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
We have all heard about management plans for electronic data gathered in scientific research. Efforts are under way to make physical objects available for scientific study as well. The Registry of U.S. Federal Scientific Collections has details.
Friday, February 03, 2017
The National Institutes of Health issued a new policy for text in PDF attachments. The Arial, Georgia Helvetica and Palatino Linotype fonts acceptable; applicants are no longer restricted to black text. Check out the policy for details.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Sign up for a webinar that will review significant changes to the National Science Foundation's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). The event is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. Learn about updates to requirements for letters of intent, collaborators, cover sheets and other matters that will affect proposals submitted Jan. 30, 2017 and thereafter.