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Research Misconduct

What is Research Misconduct?

According to the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct, Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

  • Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification is 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 the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.
  • Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

FSU Policy, Procedures, and Other Resources

iThenticate – Plagiarism Prevention Software

Like Turnitin, the iThenticate software is an intellectual property verification tool that checks documents for originality in order to prevent plagiarism. Turnitin is used primarily for reviewing student assignments; however, iThenticate is designed for more scholarly works. Using iThenticate prior to submission of proposals or scholarly publications is optional but strongly encouraged. Click here for more information about iThenticate or to request an iThenticate account.

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Consequences of Research Misconduct

As shown below, individual Federal agencies have their own policy related to research misconduct. However, the majority of them agree on the potential consequences to the investigator of a finding of misconduct. Those consequences may include, but are not limited to:

  • Debarment from eligibility to receive Federal funds for grants and contracts;
  • Prohibition from service on advisory committees, peer review committees, or as consultants;
  • Certification of information sources by respondent that is forwarded by institution;
  • Certification of data by institution;
  • Imposition of supervision on the respondent by the institution; and
  • Submission of a correction or retraction of a published article by respondent.

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Federal Regulations Related to Misconduct in Research

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Research Compliance
Mary Sechrist, Director
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330