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.

Join TDL’s Research Integrity Working Group by subscribing to our listserv and signing up for our newsletters. You can also contact TDL at with any questions or suggestions.

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

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Ethics Education Library:
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