IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH INTEGRITY
Responsible Research and Innovation is at the heart of CIT’s research and innovation system. CIT is committed to ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and integrity in all aspects of our research.
CIT is a member of the National Forum on Research Integrity, the membership of which is drawn from research funders, research performing organisations and other relevant organisations. CIT adheres to the National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland.
The CIT Code of Good Practice in Research outlines the key requirements of researchers, both postgraduate and staff. It summarises the Principles under which research in CIT must be carried out and includes associated policies that may be relevant duing the course of your research. The Code is available at contentfiles/academic-policies/Code of Good Practice in Research 07062019.pdf.
CIT’s policy and procedure documents governing other aspects of the Institute's practices are available on the main Reports and Policies page aboutcit/reports_plansandpolicies/
RESEARCH INTEGRITY TRAINING
As part of a national initiative undertaken by all HEIs in 2018, CIT commenced the rollout of the Research Integrity training programme to all staff and students involved in research. The training programme is delivered online to via Epigeum Impact (part of Oxford University Press). The Epigeum course includes a robust certification framework based on the key learner outcomes. The assessment is delivered using randomly selected questions to ensure learners can demonstrate knowledge across the breadth of the course before being awarded a certificate upon completion of the course test. All active researchers in the Institute are required to undertake this training.
The online Research Integrity Training is available as an Introductory Course for less experienced researchers (which takes approx 5 hours to complete, but does not have to be concluded at one sitting) or as a Concise Course for more experienced researchers (taking approximately 90 minutes to complete).
If you have not yet completed the Research Integrity training or have questions about the training programme please contact the Research Office at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to assist you with access to the online course.
From October 2020, all postgraduate students will also have the option of taking a 5-credit Research Integrity module. This module counts towards the credit requirements of CIT's Structured PhD process, which is a process applicable to all PhD students across all disciplines.
RESEARCH INTEGRITY MISCONDUCT
In exceptional circumstances the possibility of misconduct in research arises. The Institute has developed a draft Protocol for Dealing with Research Misconduct which outlines the steps to be taken in assessing whether willful misconduct has taken place. Copies of the draft protocol may be requested from email@example.com.