Research Support Office

Research Integrity

Information for researchers on relevant policies, codes of practice, training, guidance and support on research integrity.

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.

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.

Key elements of Research Integrity include: Honesty; Rigour; Transparency; 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.

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.

Our commitment

The University of Edinburgh's commitment to Research Integrity

Researchers' responsibilities

Researchers' responsibilities relating to research integrity and ethics.

Research Integrity learning

University policies and guidance; key funder policies; training courses and support resources

Research misconduct

Understanding research misconduct and how to report it.

Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group (REIRG)

Information on the University of Edinburgh Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group

Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Reports

Links to the University of Edinburgh's annual Research Ethics and Integrity reports

Need help?

Key points of contact across the University for research integrity and ethics related queries