In this article we’ll analyze the concept of research integrity. We’ll examine what several codes have said about integrity and the guidelines they have established for researchers when it comes to carrying out their studies with integrity within an ethical framework. Subsequently, we´ll revisit studies conducted with the aim of gauging the level of integrity –or lack thereof- that fellow researchers commit to in their everyday practice within social sciences. We will also make reference to two notorious cases of misconduct within the biomedical field – Hwang Woo Suk’s therapeutic cloning scandal and Haruko Obokata’s STAP cells fraud-. We will contrast these infamous cases with the ethical considerations taken by José Nun when conducting the Social Marginalization Project. Finally, we’ll make reference to the REST, instrument that evaluates ethical sensitivity.
Keywords: integrity | ethics | research methodology | misconduct