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Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity

What are Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity?

Research EthicsResearch ethics is the practice of using discipline-defined norms and standards in conducting research and generating new knowledge.  Research ethics can be applied to any discipline, whether it is in the arts and humanities, social sciences, health and medical sciences, engineering, or physical or biological sciences.  

Scientific integrity is similar to research ethics and is the result of following professional values and practices when conducting scientific research and applying its results.

Research ethics and scientific integrity ensures the following: They are also important for minimizing or avoiding:
  • Objectivity
  • Clarity
  • Reproducibility
  • Utility
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Bias
  • Fabrication
  • Falsification
  • Plagiarism
  • Outside Interference
  • Inadequate Research Procedures and Security of Data


Research Ethics - Robert J. Levine, M.D., Yale University

Dr. Robert Levine of Yale University provides an overview on the events that led to the formation of research ethics.

Yale University (2011).  Research ethics [Video]. YouTube.