Research Integrity

Research integrity relates to the performance of research to the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and integrity of the research record in publications and elsewhere. Research integrity is best ensured, in so far as possible, when individual researchers, institutions and funding bodies work together to create effective processes. To ensure there is no shortcomings in the integrity of the research carried out in NUI Galway, it is important that research integrity training is carried out by members of our research community.

 

Top Tips

1. Consult the NUI Galway Research Integrity Policy:  Research Integrity Policy (QA514)

 

2. Research Integrity training is free and available online to all NUI Galway staff and students.
3. Different levels of training are available according to researcher level - find out more below.

If you believe there has been a case of research misconduct, please refer to the Research Integrity Policy (QA514) for details on how to raise the issue with the relevant authorities. Killian Dooley is the University Research Integrity Officer. 


Research Integrity Training 

Free online training in Research Integrity is available to all research staff and students at NUI Galway.  The online training course (Research Integrity Version 2.0) is provided by Epigeum (Oxford University Press) and is comprised of the following 8 core sections: Good Research Conduct, Irresponsible Research Practices, Planning your research, Managing and recording your research, Data selection, analysis and presentation, Scholarly publication, Professional responsibilities, and Communication & Social Responsibility. A further 5 specialist modules are available: Conflicts of Interest, Research involving human participants, The care and use of animals in research, Intellectual property and Export controls.

This course is suitable for researchers from all disciplines. Discipline-specific activities and options are embedded throughout the modules. The 5 disciplines referred to throughout the course are: Arts & Humanities, Biomedical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences.

The following are recommended nationally as comprising a “complete course” for researchers at different career stages:

Early-stage researchers: Core modules 1-8 (Comprehensive)

(Suitable for post-graduate researchers, research assistants and post-doctoral researchers <4 years post-PhD)

 Experienced researchers: Core modules 1 and 2 (Concise)

(Suitable for academic staff, Research Fellows, Post-doctoral researchers with 4+ years’ experience post-PhD and other research staff with evidence of equivalent years of research experience, as per EU guidelines*)

 *Towards a European Framework for Research Careers:

 If you would like to access the online course, please contact researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie

Is it compulsory to complete training in Research Integrity at NUI Galway?

It is strongly recommended that all researchers at NUI Galway complete training in Research Integrity. Research Integrity training is now mandatory for some funders, to be completed within 6 months of start date of grant. Please check the Terms & Conditions of your funding body for detailed requirements. Once you have completed the online training, please retain a copy of your Certificate of Completion, to be available if requested by funder.

I am a Principal Investigator/Supervisor at NUI Galway, what are the requirements for me in Research Integrity training?

It is recommended that experienced researchers complete Module 1: Good Research Conduct and Module 2: Irresponsible research practices. To access the course, please email researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie

I am a post-graduate research student and wish to complete Research Integrity training as a module. Is it possible to complete this training as a module?

Yes, post-graduate research students can register for Module GS5110 to complete Research Integrity training as a module. To obtain 5 ECTS credits you must complete the online course (Core Modules 1-8), Complete the assignment and Research Student Supervisor Agreement (Found here: GS Modules - NUI Galway) and attend an interactive workshop.

Where can I find out more about Research Integrity workshops?

The Research Integrity workshop is available to post-graduate students who have registered for Module GS5110. Workshops dates will be available via Blackboard to all students who have registered for GS5110. The workshop covers NUI Galway Research Integrity policies and procedures and involves interactive discussion and group work. Please note that workshops may take place virtually.

I am a post-graduate student and I already have enough ECTS credits. Is it possible to complete the training without registering for the module?

Yes, it is recommended that all post-graduate students complete the online course in Research Integrity (Modules 1 to 8). This is available to complete at any time. Please email researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie to get access to the course.

As a post-graduate research student completing this training as a module, what do I need to do to obtain 5 ECTS Credits?

To complete the module and achieve 5 ECTS Credits, you must:

1. Register for GS5110. Please note this module is available in Semester 1 only.
2. Attend an interactive workshop in Research Integrity. These will be advertised on Blackboard after you have registered for GS5110. Please note that workshops may be held virtually.
3. Complete the online training Research Integrity (Epigeum) – all 8 core modules must be completed and all MCQs must be passed (achieve >80%)
4. Complete the assignment and Researcher-Supervisor Agreement

I attempted the online course previously and failed the MCQ. Can I try again?

Yes, you can log in again at any time and re-take the MCQ. There are unlimited attempts allowed. Your last attempt will be recorded as your final score. (This relates to anyone who has registered for Research Integrity Version 2.0 from August 2021 onwards).

Do I need to complete the online course in one sitting – is my progress automatically saved?

You can log in and out of the course as many times as necessary. Once you complete a module and achieve >80% this will be saved. Please note, your progress will not be saved within a module - you will need to remember which section you were working on previously and continue on from there.

I have completed this training previously at NUI Galway/at another institute – do I need to take part in this training again?

If you completed the Epigeum training within the last 3 years, you do not need to complete this training again, provided you can provide evidence of completion.

I tried to register for Epigeum online training but I did not receive the activation email. What should I do?

Please check your Junk Mail folder for this email. If you still can’t find it, please log a query with https://www.epigeum.com/epigeum-technical-support/.

I have been asked for a token when registering – where can I find this?

Please email researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie to receive your token.

I registered for this course last year but did not manage to finish the course– will my account still be active?

 Access to the previous verison of Epigeum Research Integirty training ends on 31-08-21. If you have not completed the course prior to this date, you will need to register again and complete the updated version of the course.

How do I download my “Certificate of Completion”?

 Once you complete the relevant course and achieve >80% in the MCQ, the download button beside the course will become available. Please click to download your pdf certificate. A certificate is available for each module and also for the overall course. The certificate for the overall course is required for the Module GS5110 in Research Integrity. 

Which online course do I need to complete?

 The following are recommended nationally as comprising a “complete course” for researchers at different career stages:

All core modules 1-8 for early-stage researchers: Post-graduate researchers, Research assistants, research associates, early post-doctoral researchers (< 4 years post-PhD)

Core modules 1 and 2 for experienced researchers (Academic staff, Research Fellows, Post-doctoral researchers with 4+ years’ experience post-PhD, other research staff with evidence of equivalent years of research experience, as per EU guidelines)

For more information on Researcher Career stages please see the Researcher Handbook developed by the Researcher Development Centre: Researcher-Handbook_16.04.2020.pdf (nuigalway.ie)

What are the “Specialist Modules” listed on the Epigeum Platform?

 Specialist Modules 1-5 are optional and can be completed as standalone modules at any stage. The modules cover the following topics: Conflicts of interest, Research involving human participants, The care and use of animals in research, Intellectual property and Export controls. Each Module can be completed as a standalone course and a Certificate of Completion can be downloaded once the MCQ has been successfully passed.