This policy provides guidelines for handling non-financial research misconduct. For AAS, research misconduct is considered a breach of grant conditions and dishonest practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific and scholarly community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.
Non-financial research misconduct is the fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.
Research misconduct destroys the integrity or honesty of the research record. This sets it apart from other improper activities that may occur in research settings such as:-
a) Honest error or differences of opinion
b) Authorship disputes unless they include plagiarism
c) Financial conflicts of interest
d) Misuse of grant funds
All persons taking part in AAS funded research must affirm and document compliance with the principles and standards outlined in this section and those specified in the statements of undertaking signed by the grant holder.
a) Research Compliance
b) Research Misconduct Reporting
In order to make a research misconduct report, the following conditions should be in place:-
It is generally an institution’s responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct made against its staff and so investigations will usually be conducted by the institution, during which time the AAS should keep a watching brief. A member of AAS staff should be designated to act as a point of contact with the institution during the investigation.
In other, exceptional, cases of research misconduct the AAS may wish to undertake its own investigation into allegations that concern AAS-funded researchers.
For further information, please contact The AAS through firstname.lastname@example.org