Ethics Toolkit

Ethics Toolkit

Ethics Toolkit Webcast 
Our experts David Rew, Margaret Rees, and Sandy Florence have presented a webcast to help early career researchers understand the ethical boundaries in scientific research and publishing. The webcast can be freely watched on demand, after registration.Ethics mobile

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Ethics Toolkit

The following materials include tools to help avoid misconduct and background materials about research and publication ethics. If in doubt, nothing can replace a candid conversation with your advisor, or someone in a position of authority who can guide you to the right course of action.



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  • Plagiarism - passing off another's work or idea as your own
  • Duplicate submission - submitting a paper simultaneously to more than one publication at a time
  • Conflict of interest - nondisclosure to the publication that you have a direct or indirect conflict that prevents you from being unbiased in your paper2
  • Authorship disputes - deliberately misrepresenting a scientist's relationship to their work on a published paper
  • Salami slicing - the "slicing" of research that would form one meaningful paper into several different papers

Examples of misconduct

  • Research fraud - which includes fabrication (making up research data); and falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images)1
  • Improper use of humans or animals in research - which includes absent or inadequate informed consent of human subjects, or maltreatment of laboratory animals2


  1. Office of Research Integrity U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Definition of Research Misconduct. Available at: Accessed: June 12, 2012.
  2. Scott-Lichter D and the Editorial Policy Committee, Council of Science Editors. CSE's White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, 2012 Update. 3rd Revised Edition. Wheat Ridge, CO: 2012. Available at: Accessed: June 12, 2012.
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