Research Integrity Working Group

Texas Digital Library’s Research Integrity Working Group introduces a values-based approach to research integrity and discovers ways we can work together to promote integrity in our own research, in our research assistance services, and in our instruction.

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Research Integrity Working Group 2022 meetings will showcase guest presenters alongside knowledge and community-building exercises. Download the recurring calendar invitation here.

April 28 2022 | Research Integrity and research data management: Connections, challenges, and advocacy
Guest speaker: Reid Boehm, PhD, Research Data Management Librarian at the University of Houston

June 23 2022 | Teaching research integrity to undergraduates
Guest speaker: Michelle Leonard, Assistant Director of Education & Training Programs in the Office of Research at the University of Florida

August 25 2022 | Research integrity choose-your-own-adventure
Facilitator: Melody Herr, PhD, Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications at the University of Arkansas

October 27 2022 | Topic TBD
Guest speaker: Heather Coates, Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian and University Data Steward for Research Data at Indiana University

Winter 2021 | Research Integrity Webinars

Meet the Research Integrity Working Group Facilitators

Dr. Bruce Herbert is Professor of Geology and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications in the Sterling C. Evans library At Texas A&M University. Dr. Herbert is responsible for strengthening the Library’s efforts in scholarly communications and open access through engagement and collaboration with faculty across Texas A&M University.

Melody Herr, PhD, is Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications at the University of Arkansas. She conducts research and gives presentations on issues related to scholarly publishing, intellectual property, and research misconduct.

Learn more: Click here to learn about Dr. Herbert and Dr. Herr’s research integrity workshops hosted by TDL in February 2021. 


Research integrity topics: 

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Research Data Management
  • Sensitive Data (e.g., patient data, classified data, proprietary data)
  • Data Fabrication and Falsification
  • Image Manipulation
  • Plagiarism
  • Conflict of Interest / Conflict of Commitment
  • Advising / Mentoring
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Authorship

Essential reading on research integrity:

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, et al. On being a scientist: A guide to responsible conduct in research. (2009)

Herr, Melody. “Responding to Research Misconduct: A Primer for LIS Professionals” (2019)

Resources for teaching research integrity:

Turrens, Julio F., with Michael S. Springer. How to Train Undergraduates in Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research. Washington, DC: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2020.

NIH case studies

Office of Research Integrity:
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Ethics Education Library:
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