April 3, 2018, Vol 319, No. 13, Pages 1293-1405
Institutional Research Misconduct Reports Need More Credibility
K. Gunsalus, JD; Adam R. Marcus, MA; Ivan Oransky, MD
JAMA. 2018;319(13):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0358
This Viewpoint highlights the inadequacy and lack of transparency of most research institutions’ responses to allegations of research misconduct, and describes development of a proposed checklist to establish definitions and standards for complete research integrity investigations.
Institutions have a central role in protecting the integrity of research. They employ researchers, own the facilities where the work is conducted, receive grant funding, and teach many students about the research process. When questions arise about research misconduct associated with published articles, scientists and journal editors usually first ask the researchers’ institution to investigate the allegations and then report the outcomes, under defined circumstances, to federal oversight agencies and other entities, including journals.1