1. Research

Research Integrity Office

The Mount Sinai Health System Research Integrity Office is a core resource for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s research community. Through our policies, trainings, and oversight of Icahn Mount Sinai’s research activities, we provide crucial education for students, trainees, and faculty about practicing integrity and ethical behavior in science. 

As a leading research institute, Icahn Mount Sinai strives to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in research. We are committed to adhering to institutional policies and procedures, applicable federal regulations, accepted practices within the scientific community, and rigor and reproducibility. The Research Integrity Office instills the values for research integrity as identified by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: objectivity, honesty, openness, fairness, accountability, and stewardship.

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Best Practices

Best practices for research, as defined in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine “Fostering Integrity in Research” report, are as follows:

  • Uphold research integrity with vigilance, professionalism, and collegiality
  • Manage research data effectively, responsibly, and transparently throughout the research process
  • Follow general and disciplinary authorship standards when communicating through formal publications
  • Know your responsibilities as a mentor and supervisor
  • Strive to be a fair and effective peer reviewer who provides careful reviews, maintains confidentiality, and recognizes and discloses conflicts of interest
  • Understand and comply with relevant institutional and governmental regulations governing research, including those specific to a given discipline or field

Research Misconduct

Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 42 CFR Part 93, the federal regulations governing research misconduct proceedings, research misconduct is defined as falsification, fabrication or plagiarism.

  • Fabrication is defined as making up data or results and recording or reporting on them.
  • Falsification is defined as manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism is defined as the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

Mount Sinai Health System policies relating to ethical practices in research encompass both research misconduct—as defined by 42 CFR Part 93—and other improprieties relating to research, such as:

Authorship Disputes

Authorship disputes that do not include allegations of research misconduct (i.e., falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism) are typically handled at the departmental level and should be brought to the attention of the department chair. Please see the Faculty Handbook Authorship Policy for more information.

Research Integrity Office

Reginald W Miller, DVM, DACLAM
Reginald W Miller, DVM, DACLAM

Senior Research Integrity Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Emilia M Sordillo, MD, PhD
Emilia M Sordillo, MD, PhD

Research Integrity Officer, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Beth Israel


Research Integrity Officer, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai


Research Integrity Program Manager