What is research integrity?
Research Integrity means conducting research in such a way that allows others to have confidence and trust in the methods and the findings of the research. It relates both to the scientific integrity of conducted research and to the professional integrity of researchers.
Key elements of Research Integrity include:
- Transparency and open communication
- The care and respect of all participants
These elements should be present at all stages of research. Research ethics is a key criterion of research integrity.
The University of Edinburgh has adopted the UK Research Integrity Office's (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research and the Universities UK (UUK) Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
Why does it matter?
Research findings are used to inform public policy; treatment of human and animal diseases and to inform future research. As a responsible member of the research community, The University of Edinburgh seeks to produce research of the highest standard.
Our reputation as an elite research-led institution is built on the high quality research conducted by our staff and students; to maintain this reputation and the trust in the research we produce, as individuals and as an institution, it is important that research ethics and integrity are core considerations at all stages of research.