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.

Rigor & Reproducibility Seminar Series

This seminar series is jointly hosted by the UF Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Program and the UF Health Science Center Libraries. Hear from leading national and international experts on rigor and reproducibility topics.  Seminars will generally take place at 9:00 am ET on the second Friday every month.  To register, please use the links in the seminar schedule, after which you will receive information about joining the zoom meeting and participating in Q&A discussions.  This program and seminar series is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) through T32 NS082128, awarded to PIs Dawn Bowers (College of PHHP) and David E. Vaillancourt (College of HHP).

Next seminar:  September 24, 9:00 am, “Building a culture of computational reproducibility” by Dr. Russ Poldrak, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, Director, Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience

See the RESOURCES link for a new poster series on research integrity issues!

September 2021 – I Wrote It, Why Rewrite It?

This month’s case scenario is one of a series that follows the story of Dr. Thompson’s laboratory, and explores the 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.   

Please watch this brief video (2:12) to set up the research dilemma. After watching the video, consider these questions.

1. Was the graduate right to be concerned about this practice?
2. What do you think of the postdoc’s explanation for why he reused old papers?
3. What might happen if the Principal Investigator does not change the text before publication? Would that be self-plagiarism?
4. What do you think of the graduate student’s decision not to talk to anyone about her concerns?
5. What could happen if she does pursue this line of questioning?
6. What would you do in her place?
7. What would be a better way to approach writing the questionable sections of the paper?

Plagiarism is a form of research misconduct. For more information , please see the Avoiding Research Misconduct resources web page. 

This website is a service of UF Research and the RCR on Campusworking group. We believe that research integrity is not achieved by simply taking an RCR course and “checking the box” that training is done. Our vision is to maintain a research culture in our everyday lives as UF researchers and research trainees in which we naturally follow best practices to ensure that the research we do is responsible, rigorous, and reproducible.

To submit a “Case of the Month” for the R4I@UF website, please contact Wayne T. McCormack, PhD (mccormac at ufl.edu).