Research & Scholarship Integrity Program

All scholars and researchers face ethical issues over the course of their professional practices. Integral to the formation of your professional identity is an awareness and understanding of what responsible research and scholarship entails.

 

The Research and Scholarship Integrity program familiarizes students and postdoctoral fellows with good research and scholarship practices and with some of the ethical issues they may encounter during their professional careers.  

Contact

Jiin-Yu Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research Integrity and Postdoctoral Affairs

Phone
617-552-2068

Email
jiinyu.chen@bc.edu

Address
Waul House 209
270 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

All entering Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows will be required to complete the Research and Scholarship Integrity Program, regardless of school or discipline.

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Program Structure

The RSI program contains two parts: the General Session and the Seminar Series, which can be completed in any order. Both parts should be completed within your first two years at BC.

Students working in a lab

General Session

The General Session consists of two components: Part 1 and Part 2. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will be offered three times each academic year. Students are required to attend one session of each Part. These three-hour long general sessions will address topics that are broadly applicable to all disciplines. It will discuss issues related to the mentor-mentee relationship, responsible authorship and publication practices, research misconduct, and professional collaborations.

Seminar Series

This series of seminars will cover a wide variety of topics that are more specific to particular areas (natural science, social science, and humanities), although there will be some overlap. Each seminar will discuss a topic, which includes, but is not limited to: conflict of interest, data acquisition and tools, data management, data access and stewardship, peer review of journals, grants, and book publishers, researchers’ social responsibilities, and human and animal subjects protections. To complete the Seminar Series, you must participate in four seminars.

Schedule

Part 1 • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • Walsh Function Room

6:00-6:20 p.m.

Dinner

6:20-6:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

6:30-7:20 p.m.

Moral Frameworks

7:20-8:10 p.m.

Mentor-mentee Relationship

8:15-9:00 p.m.

Student Panel

Part 1 • Saturday, October 20, 2018 • Walsh Function Room

9:00-9:20 a.m.

Breakfast

9:20-9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:30-10:20 a.m.

Moral Frameworks

10:20-11:10 p.m.

Mentor-mentee Relationship

11:15-12:00 p.m.

Student Panel

Part 2 • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • Walsh Function Room

6:00-6:20 p.m.

Dinner

6:20-6:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

6:30-7:20 p.m.

Faculty Panel

7:20-8:10 p.m.

Discussion of Case Studies

8:15-9:00 p.m.

Identifying and Protecting Yourself from Research Misconduct

Fall 2018 Seminars

All seminars take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the locations noted. Lunch will be provided.

Presentation are labeled as follows for the intended audience: Humanities (H), Natural Sciences (NS), Social Sciences (SS), and All

Tues, October 30, 2018
Walsh Hall, Room 131 (Function Room)

Audience: All

Researcher and Society: Obligations and Impacts

Jiin-Yu Chen, Ph.D., Associate Director, Research Integrity & Postdoctoral Affairs

As part of conducting research and scholarship well, consideration of obligations to society and the effects of research and scholarship should be taken into account. This seminar will discuss several frameworks to examine the foundations of these obligations and highlight their features. It will also consider what researcher can do to meet these obligations.

Wed, November 14, 2018
Walsh Hall, Room 131 (Function Room)

Audience: All

Authorship and Publication Ethics

TBA

Mon, November 19, 2018
Walsh Hall, Room 131 (Function Room)

TBA

Tues, November 27, 2018
Walsh Hall, Room 131 (Function Room)

Audience: All

Peer Review

Peer review is a critical component of research and scholarship. Understanding the system, how one’s work functions within it, and some of its potentially problematic areas can help you navigate it responsibly and ethically. Drawing on their experiences as manuscript reviewers, book and journal editors, and grant reviewers, this panel will discuss the process of peer review, focusing on some of the ethical issues that may arise. As this session is intended to be highly interactive, please consider the issues and questions you have about peer review that you would like to pose to the panel.

Mon, December 3, 2018
Walsh Hall, Room 131 (Function Room)

Audience: All

Copyright and Publishing

John O’Connor, eScholarship Repository Librarian

As a scholarly content creator, you will want to manage your copyrights to gain the maximum benefit for your career. Some basic knowledge of copyright and licensing can help you make choices that protect your work and give it greater visibility. This session will address both your rights as a content creator and the rights of others. We will cover basic copyright concepts, fair use, public domain, getting permissions, copyright infringement, and reserving rights in publishing agreements. In addition, we will discuss new models in academic publishing, including open access, Creative Commons licensing and author ID tracking. We will discuss how all of these topics are related to your dissertation and other publishing opportunities.

Part 2 • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • Walsh Hall Function Room

6:00-6:20 p.m.

Dinner

6:20-6:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

6:30-7:15 p.m.

Faculty Panel

7:20-8:05 p.m.

Discussion of Case Studies

8:10-9:00 p.m.

Identifying and Protecting Yourself from Research Misconduct

Part 2 • Saturday, March 16, 2019 • Walsh Hall Function Room

9:00-9:20 a.m.

Breakfast

9:20-9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Faculty Panel

10:20-11:05 p.m.

Discussion of Case Studies

11:10-12:00 p.m.

Identifying and Protecting Yourself from Research Misconduct

Part 1 • Friday, March 22, 2019 • Walsh Hall Function Room

9:00-9:20 a.m.

Breakfast

9:20-9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Moral Frameworks

10:20-11:05 p.m.

Mentor-mentee Relationship

11:10-12:00 p.m.

Student Panel

Spring 2019 Seminar Series

All seminars take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the locations noted. Lunch will be provided.

Presentation are labeled as follows for the intended audience: Humanities (H), Natural Sciences (NS), Social Sciences (SS), and All

Tues, January 29, 2019

Walsh Hall Function Room

Audience: All

Race and Gender Bias in Academia

Damita A. Davis, M.S., Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Institutional Diversity

Biases, intentional or not, can affect many different spheres of academia, ranging from teaching in the classroom to selection of mentors and research projects to career development and job placement, retention, and promotion. This interactive, discussion-based workshop will focus on the various forms of bias (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) that appear in the academy and its impact on research, teaching, the tenure and promotion process and other scholarly endeavors. Additionally, during this workshop, recommendations for addressing such biases as well as available resources at Boston College will be provided.


Tues, Febraury 26, 2019

Walsh Hall Function Room

Audience: NS and SS

Data Management and Data Management Plans

Enid Karr, M.S., M.A., Senior Research Librarian, Bibliographer for Earth & Environmental Sciences

Barbara Mento, M.S., Data/GIS Manager, Research Librarian, Senior Bibliographer for Economics

Sally Cooper Wyman, M.S., Collection Development Librarian, Bibliographer for Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, and General Science

Government and other funders increasingly require “data management plans" for grant proposals as they recognize the fundamental vulnerability of the electronic data underpinning so much of the research they fund. They are urging the use of best practices for creation, maintenance and storage of data files, as well as long-term archiving solutions. These same funders (NSF, NIH, NEH, etc.) are also placing stronger emphasis on the importance of sharing that data, through creation of metadata to enhance discovery by others and deposition of data in institutional, subject and multidisciplinary data repositories. Learn how to write good data management plans, best practices for keeping your data safe, and options you have for sharing and archiving your data. Regardless of your funding situation, keeping your data safe is a keystone of responsible research practices.

Wed, March 27, 2019

Walsh Hall Function Room

Audience: NS and SS

Data Acquisition and Tools

Matt Gregas, Ph.D., Senior Research Statistician

Rani Dalgin, M.S.W., M.Ed., Senior Research Consultant

Simo Goshev, Senior Research Statistician

Data Collection is an essential part of a well-run research study yet it often gets ignored in research methods courses. This goal of this seminar is to provide the audience with guidelines and best practices for data collection. We will talk about using your data analysis plan to make sure you are collecting the correct information and to help you develop tools to minimize errors and nonsense data values which can bias your study. The Design of data collection instruments will be discussed. We will also introduce data capture software designed to make data collection efficient and accurate.

Thu, April 11, 2019

Walsh Hall Function Room

Audience: All

Data Use and the Research Lifecycle

Sarah Melton, Ph.D., Head of Digital Scholarship

How do researchers engage with data throughout their research process? This seminar will offer an overview of ways to collect, manage, process, publish, and preserve data. We will pay special attention to ethical issues that arise when working with data. This seminar will include examples from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Wed, April 24, 2019

Yawkey Center 426

Audience: All

Conflict of Interest

Jiin-Yu Chen, Ph.D., Associate Director, Research Integrity & Postdoctoral Affairs

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