Scientific integrity - Recent Department of the Interior policies, codes, and their implementation

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Edited by: Linda C. Gunderson

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Abstract

Established on January 28, 2011, the Department of Interior's (DOI’s) Scientific and Scholarly Integrity Policy was the first federal agency policy to respond to the Presidential Memorandum on Scientific Integrity (March 9, 2009) and guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Memorandum on Scientific Integrity (December 17, 2010). The increasingly important role of science in DOI decision making and heightened awareness of science integrity issues across the science enterprise provided impetus for making this policy a priority and for incorporating it into the DOI Departmental Manual (Part 305: Chapter 3). This paper discusses the history of scientific integrity in the DOI, the key provisions of the first Department-wide policy and its implementation, and the subsequent revision of the policy. During the first 4 years of implementing the scientific integrity policy, the Department received 35 formal complaints. As of March 31, 2015, only two formal scientific integrity complaints resulted in “warranted determinations,” while the other complaints were closed and dismissed as “not warranted.” Based on the experience of the first three years of implementation (2011-2014), the Department policy was revised on December 16, 2014.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Scientific integrity - Recent Department of the Interior policies, codes, and their implementation
Chapter 3
ISBN 978-1-119-06778-8
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Office of Science Quality and Integrity
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences