2011 Webinar 2: Research Misconduct and Editors

Held: August 23, 2011, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time

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Lucky is the editor or editorial office that is not feeling bogged down by misconduct issues. It has yet to be determined whether there is a higher prevalence of misconduct or rather the Internet and advanced tools are making it easier to detect. Either way, this increase in incidents is taking up significant time in editorial offices around the globe.

This webinar will review research misconduct regulations with a particular focus on issues that impact editors including suspect manuscripts, publications that are determined to contain fabricated/falsified/plagiarized data, and requests for information from the journal. The speakers will cover topics such as the regulations of the Office of Research Integrity and how it operates, issues specifically faced by editors and editorial staff, and cases to illustrate the themes.


  1. Review of regulations regarding misconduct on federally funded works
  2. Advise editors and editorial staff on how to handle claims of misconduct
  3. Practical applications of standard policies for handling claims of misconduct from real life examples


Angela Cochran, Director, Journals, American Society of Civil Engineers Chair, CSE Education Committee


AlanPriceAlan R. Price, PhD
Price Research Integrity Consultant Experts– P.R.I.C.E.

Dr. Alan Price earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1968, after which he was a postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry through 1969 at Michigan State University.

In 1970, Dr. Price joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School, where he then taught undergraduate and graduate students and did biochemical research, becoming Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry with tenure. His research dealt with the enzymology of nucleotide and DNA synthesis in unusual bacterial viruses.

In 1978, Dr. Price added research administration to his duties, becoming Assistant Dean for Research in the Medical School. In 1981, he was appointed Assistant Vice President for Research for the University of Michigan.

In 1987, Dr. Price decided to gain experience in Federal research administration, moving to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland. He was the Program Officer for genetics grants for the National Institute of Aging for one year. Then he became the AIDS Unit Assurance Coordinator in the Office for Protection from Research Risks, responsible for protection of human subjects in all Public Health Service (PHS) grants on AIDS research.

In 1990, Dr. Price became a Senior Scientist in the new Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI) at the NIH, which became the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at the PHS level of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He had responsibilities for supervising scientific and professional staff, conducting investigations, approving institutional investigative reports, and developing national policies for PHS grants as they relate to research integrity. He also has presented many seminars and conducted educational workshops on dealing with research misconduct and maintaining integrity in biomedical research. He was promoted in 1991 to OSI Assistant Director. When OSI became ORI in 1992, he served as Chief of the Investigations Branch. He was promoted in 1999 to Acting Director of the Division of Investigative Oversight, and in 2000 to Associate Director for Investigative Oversight, ORI.

Dr. Price served in the above roles as the chief biomedical research fraud investigator for the United States Government until April 2006. He then established in the Hill Country of Lago Vista, Texas, a consulting business, Price Research Integrity Consultant Experts (P.R.I.C.E.), where he continues to consult on research misconduct issues as a business, providing expert advice to counsels, individual complainants/whistleblowers and respondents who have been wrongly charged or wrongly convicted (and their attorneys), and institutional officials, including Research Integrity Officers (RIOs), on research misconduct cases.

Dr. Price’s institutional clients have included The United States Department of Justice, The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Eastern Colorado, Utah State University, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Minnesota, The University of Delaware, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, The Johns Hopkins University, and Drexel University.

His individual clients have included complainants or wrongly-charged respondents (and/or their attorneys) from The University of North Carolina at Charlottesville, The University of Kentucky, The University of Connecticut Health Center, The University of California at Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Duke University Medical Center, and City of Hope Medical Center.

He has also presented invited seminars for faculty and research staff and talked in graduate student courses at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, and the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Research Integrity Officer (RIO) Boot Camp.

Mary D. Scheetz, PhD
Research Integrity Consulting, LLC

Mary Scheetz is the Principal Researcher for Research Integrity, LLC where she consults on research integrity and publication ethics matters. Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2011 she was an Assistant Professor of Medical Education in the Department of Bioethics at the University of Virginia.

From 1993-2006 Dr. Scheetz worked for the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the Division of Policy and Education. While at ORI she served as the Director of Extramural Research for the ORI / NIH Research Program on Research Integrity (RRI). From 2001–2006 the RRI Grant program grew to a $13 million research portfolio with 10 NIH partner institutes / agency and 28 funded scholars from a variety of disciplines.

Dr. Scheetz serves on the Editorial Policy Committee for the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and on the Ethics Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). She speaks and has written on the topic of research integrity and publication issues.

Before entering federal service, Dr. Scheetz worked at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she was a managing editor in the Pediatric Otolaryngology Department. She was Associate Editor of the two volume Pediatric Otolaryngology (Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1990). She earned her doctorate in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh where her work focused on the treatment of scientific misconduct in the biomedical literature.

Debra M. Parrish, PC

Ms. Debra Parrish is an attorney who has worked with academic medical centers, research institutions, high technology and start-up companies, particularly those in the life sciences area. Her areas of legal concentration are science law (including scientific misconduct and research regulations, compliance and investigations), health care law, and intellectual property. Ms. Parrish previously worked at the Office of Research Integrity as an attorney and now counsels journals, institutions and scientists on matters of research integrity. She is a frequent speaker and author on research integrity issues. She received her JD and BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University and is a member of the patent bar.