Welcome to the Rigorous Reproducible Responsible Research Integrity at UF (R4I@UF) website!  Please visit each month for a new case that may be used as a framework for a brief conversation about best research practices in your lab meeting, research conference, journal club, or any research meeting.

Case of the Month

Our case for September 2020 is called “You Suspect Research Misconduct, Now What?”  This case features a brief video with part of the story of the fictional laboratory of Dr. Thompson, exploring issues that arise from being in a small lab through the eyes of a new principal investigator (PI), a postdoctoral fellow, and a graduate student. Dr. Jeff Thompson is driven to secure his reputation as a successful researcher after recently leaving the lab of respected scientist. His relationship with his former PI has helped him immensely in the past, but he is eager to escape from under his shadow. Amit is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Thompson’s laboratory.  He completed his PhD in India and came to the US to bolster his professional reputation. He and his wife are expecting their first child soon. Dr. Thompson relies on him to mentor graduate students with which he has little experience. He goes to great lengths to seek approval from his PI. Ashley is a graduate student in Dr. Thompson’s lab, who hopes to receive more individual attention.  During her training, she encounters difficulties and uncovers questionable research practices.

Image of two lab members in conversationClick on the image to watch the 2-minute video. Then consider the following questions.

  • What should Ashley do in this situation?
  • What are the possible outcomes?
  • Are the possible benefits of remaining silent greater than the potential fallout if someone else figures out that misconduct occurred?
  • If you were in this situation, who would you talk to for advice or to report your suspicions?
  • Who is the UF Research Integrity Officer?  For more information, please see the Research Misconduct web page.

For a quick and easy read about what research misconduct is, please see this chapter from the online book “ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research”. See the Resources link above for more information about Avoiding Research Misconduct.

Research Reproducibility 2020 conference logo

The University of Florida is hosting Research Reproducibility 2020, the third in a series of interdisciplinary Research Reproducibility conferences aimed to increase the reproducibility and replicability of the research on our campuses. This conference is sponsored by the Office of Research Integrity, and will be hosted in a virtual format on December 2-3, 2020. Check out the conference website for more information about the agenda, speakers, and conference registration!

RCR Training at UF

This website is provided as a service by the “RCR on Campus” working group, in collaboration with UF Research. We believe that RCR training is not accomplished by taking a course to “check the box”. Responsible research practices must be embedded in our everyday research culture. Please see the RCR Training page for more information about meeting training requirements for training grants and fellowships.