Introductory Material & Interactive Media

  • CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research

    MIT’s preferred course (and in certain circumstances a required course) in the Responsible Conduct of Research.  The course requires an MIT personal certificate. For more information please follow the link to MIT’s Research Administration Services.

Data Management & Record-Keeping

MIT Libraries’ Research Data Management Services is available to assist MIT faculty and researchers manage, store, and share data.  For more information, visit

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Data & Image Processing & Presentation

Many allegations of research misconduct question the integrity and/or authenticity of figures. To minimize the chances of this type of allegation being made, be sure to follow journal guidelines and editorial policies for preparation of figures. In most cases, it is acceptable to group or consolidate data (i.e., crop images, remove lanes from gels and blots, etc.), but alterations should be apparent (space left or line separating bands included) and be explicitly indicated in the figure legend.

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  • Understanding Plagiarism

    Suggested resource from ORI, by Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall  

  • ORI Newsletter Focuses on Plagiarism

    Office of Research Integrity Newsletter, Vol. 20, No. 3 (June 2012).

    After closing four cases involving plagiarism in 2011, ORI’s June 2012 Newsletter featured Plagiarism as its topic.

  • Nature – Policy on Plagiarism: “Nature Publishing Group is part of CrossCheck, an initiative to help editors verify the originality of submitted manuscripts. As part of this process, selected submitted manuscripts are scanned and compared with the CrossCheck database. If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published in a Nature journal, the journal will conduct a preliminary investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal will contact the author’s institute and funding agencies.” .
  • The American Economic Association – CrossCheck: “In an effort to prevent plagiarism, the American Economic Association subscribes to CrossCheck to screen its submissions. CrossCheck has a ‘database of current and archival scholarly literature’ and uses the Ithenticate tool to ‘compare authored work against the content in the database and highlight matching or similar text for further editorial review.’ Submission to AEA journals implies permission of the Association to check the submission electronically for plagiarism, using the CrossCheck system.” (Content no longer available.)


  • ORI Newsletter: Spotlight on Mentoring

    Office of Research Integrity Newsletter. Vol. 22, No. 3 (June 2014).

    Writers share their commentary about the role of a mentor in promoting best practices and preventing research misconduct.

Federal Research Misconduct Case Summaries