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Guide to Open Access, Research Integrity and Predatory Academic Practice: Research Integrity

Selecting trustworthy journals, publishers and conferences

What is Research Integrity?

Research integrity may be defined as active adherence to the ethical principles and professional standards essential for the responsible practice of research (Korenman, SG).

Research integrity means conducting research in a way which allows others to have trust and confidence in the methods used and the findings that result from this (University of Bath).

Integrity (from the Latin integritas, meaning whole or complete) refers in ethics to adherence to a code of conduct or a usually high standard of practice. Research integrity thus indicates doing research in accordance with standards that properly inform and guide that research activity—without deviance under any inappropriate influences. Integrity in this sense has close correlates with authenticity and accountability (

Principles of Research Integrity

Honesty in all aspects of research

Accountability in the conduct of research

Professional courtesy and fairness in working with others

Good stewardship of research on behalf of others

(Resnik and Shamoo, 2011)

Perils of Plaigiarism

Types of Plagiarism