Research Integrity


Research integrity may be defined as active adherence to the ethical principles and professional standards essential for the responsible practice of research.

By active adherence we mean adoption of the principles and practices as a personal credo, not simply accepting them as impositions by rulemakers.

By ethical principles we mean honesty, the golden rule, trustworthiness, and high regard for the scientific record. 

NAS report definition: "For individuals research integrity is an aspect of moral character and experience. It involves above all a commitment to intellectual honesty and personal responsibility for ones actions and to a range of practices that characterize responsible research conduct." These practices include:

  1. Honesty and fairness in proposing, performing, and reporting research;
  2. Accuracy and fairness in representing contributions to research proposals and reports;
  3. Proficiency and fairness in peer review;
  4. Collegiality in scientific interactions, communications and sharing of resources;
  5. Disclosure of conflicts of interest;
  6. Protection of human subjects in the conduct of research;
  7. Humane care of animals in the conduct of research;
  8. Adherence to the mutual responsibilities of mentors and trainees."
While science requires vigorous defense of one's ideas and work, ultimately research integrity means examining the data with objectivity and being guided by the results rather than by preconceived notions.


Research Integrity Officer

The Research Integrity Officer (RIO) receives and manages Allegations of Misconduct in Research within the UVA community.  Research Misconduct includes Plagiarism, Fabrication, Falsification, and other research activities that seriously deviate from accepted practices in the research community. 

The RIO also manages authorship and data disputes according to UVA’s Authorship and Research Data: Management, Control, and Access guidelines.   In this role, the RIO provides advice to administrators, faculty and students in best authorship and data management practices.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions/concerns about any research integrity matter.  Our discussions can remain confidential. 

David J. Hudson, Ph.D.
Research Integrity Officer
Box 400301
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: (434) 243-0900


UVA policy:

Research Misconduct Policy RES-004
This policy and the associated procedures apply to all individuals at the University of Virginia engaged in research.