Research Misconduct

Research misconduct normally refers to violations of the ethical principles and values, as well as the ethical duties and professional standards on which responsible and correct conduct is based by those who carry out, finance or evaluate scientific research and by the institutions that promote and perform that research.

A) How to prevent the accidental occurrence of fabrication/falsification of images/data and the plagiarism of texts

Before the submission of articles/projects to editors/funding agencies, CNR researchers and technologists can ask the Research Integrity Unit of the Committee to verify the presence of images/data/texts that have been falsified/fabricated/plagiarized

The outcome of the verification will be communicated to the scientist who requested it in the form of a technical report that will allow her/him to correct any such undesirable elements or to revoke her/his consent to appearing among the authors.

To request such verification, please contact integrity@cnr.it, and include the documents to be examined.

At the same e-mail address, it is also possible to request ethical advice concerning the attribution of the status of co-author of a scientific article under submission.

B) How to report a case of research misconduct

Reports of alleged research misconduct, adequately documented, can be submitted in the following ways:

  1. by writing to the Committee at the following e-mail address: integrity@cnr.it
  2. by post, at the address:
    Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee of the CNR,
    Via dei Taurini, 19 - 00185, Rome
  3. by contacting the Institute Director, the Director of Department, The Director General or the President of the CNR

Allegations may concern research activities carried out by CNR staff or carried out with CNR funds, or publications with authors affiliated to the CNR. In agreement with the President, the Committee reserves the right to also accept allegations submitted by other Institutions that do not concern personnel, publications, projects or activities of the CNR.

The Coordinator of the Committee, after pseudonymization, submits cases of alleged research misconduct to the Committee for evaluation, together with the documentation submitted in support of the allegation, if appropriate, as well as explanations and possible counter-arguments made in this respect by the CNR staff named in the allegations. If appropriate, in addition to this documentation, the Coordinator submits a technical report analysing the fabrication/falsification/plagiarism of images/data/texts prepared together with the Research Integrity Unit of the Committee using software developed for this purpose. All documentation sent to the Committee will be circulated only within the Committee.

The authors of the allegations and the personnel named in the allegations will be granted confidentiality, within the limits of the law, during the process of analysis and evaluation of the case as well as after the release of the ethical advisory report by the Committee.

For more information, ph.: +390649937900, +393664390910.

Last update: 06/05/2019