Preventing Research Misconduct @ Emory

Emory University is committed to the highest possible standards of integrity in research.  The administration, faculty, students, and staff share in the responsibility for preserving the integrity of research.

Research Misconduct means Fabrication, Falsification, or Plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research; submitting proposals for research; or in reporting research results, that is knowing, intentional and reckless. 

Managing Research Misconduct at Emory

At Emory, matters involving allegations of Research Misconduct are handled according to Emory University Policy 7.8, the Policy on Research Misconduct.  

Report questions and concerns to you Emory RIO Team at 

  • Research Integrity Officer (RIO) - Deepika Bhatia, MSBME, CCRP, CHRC, CHPC, CCEP
  • Deputy RIO - Maria Davila, MD, MA (Bioethics), CCRC, CIP
  • Manager Research Integrity  - Danisha Biossat, BA

Getting Ahead of Research Misconduct Allegations

Use Plagiarism Detection Software

We encourage the use of the NIH Library’s iThenticate plagiarism checking service. This service is free and confidential for requesters who are the first, last, or corresponding author of NIH work-related, unpublished manuscripts.

note: iThenticate should not be used to check student coursework. Emory’s Turnitin subscription integrated in Canvas is available to all classes for student use.

Review PubPeer

Routinely check your published articles for any negative comments in PubPeer that may reflect errors that could be reported as research misconduct allegations.

Respond Promptly to Journal Queries & Clarifications

As many high impact journals are using plagiarism detection and image manipulation detection tools as part of their review processes, there may be an uptick in queries and clarifications from journals. Ensure any clarifications requested by journals on your publications are promptly addressed and responded to prevent these from resulting in research misconduct allegations.

Use of AI in Manuscripts

More publishers are now establishing guidelines and policies surrounding AI and its use in scholarly publishing. 

Additional Resources

ORI Policies and Resources: 

Emory Policies: