‘Research integrity relates to the performance of research to the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and trustworthiness of the research record in publications and elsewhere’.National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland (2019)
In order to promote best practice in responsible research behaviour and in line with the National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland, the HSE provides free online training on Research Integrity via HSELand.
The online training course is comprised of 8 core sections and a further 5 specialist modules. It is recommended that the ‘core modules’ are followed in sequence, and then followed by any or all ‘specialist modules’. It is also recommended that Research Integrity training should be undertaken/retaken at least once every three years.
The following are recommended nationally as comprising a “complete course” for researchers at different career stages:
- Early-stage researchers: Core modules 1-8 (Comprehensive)
- Experienced researchers: Core modules 1 and 2 (Concise)
- Specialist Modules 1-5 are optional and can be completed as standalone modules at any stage.
|1. Good Research Conduct||Definitions and concepts|
|2. Irresponsible Research Practices||Characterising misbehaviour|
Misconduct vs questionable research practices
The impact of irresponsible practice
Reporting irresponsible conduct
|3. Planning your Research||Research plans|
The use and misuse of research plans
The consequence of poor planning
|4. Managing and Recording your Research||Project management|
The importance of a research record
The format and content of research records
Data storage and retention
Data ownership, protection and sharing
|5. Data Selection, Analysis and Presentation||Data selection|
Guiding virtues in data presentation
Data presentation in practice: Writing
Data presentation in practice: Tables, charts and graphs
Data presentation in practice: Images
|6. Scholarly Publication||Preparing to publish|
Drafting your manuscript
Submission and review
|7. Professional Responsibilities||Mentors and mentees|
Individual responsibilities in teams and collaborations
Considerations for larger collaborations
Best practices in peer review
Irresponsible practices in peer review
|8. Communication, Social Responsibility and Impact||Broader responsibilities|
Working with colleagues
Working with the public
Setting high standards
|1. Conflicts of Interest||Identifying your interests|
Disclosing conflicts of interest
Handling conflicts of interest in Ireland
What can go wrong?
|2. Research Involving Human Participants||Guiding principles|
Review and approval
Preparing for review
Irish policies and processes
What can go wrong?
|3. The Care and Use of Animals in Research||Basic responsibilities|
Irish care and use policies
Examples of problems and poor practice
|4. Intellectual Property||Copyright|
Ownership of intellectual property
Irish intellectual property policies
Intellectual property issues and problems
|5. Export Controls||Coverage|
Advice and institutional support
Export control policies in Ireland
What can go wrong?
National Research Integrity Forum was established in June 2015 to coordinate and facilitate research integrity implementation activities nationally. The HSE is a member of its Community of Practice and is committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of research.
Maintaining well-established ethical standards is an important aspect of upholding the integrity of the research process. The HSE Research Ethics Committee (REC) system exists to protect the safety, welfare, and rights of participants in health research.