Program Faculty Publish Article in Nature on Lessons Learned
P.I. Program instructors published an article in Nature presenting lessons learned from conducting workshops with researchers over the past 3 years. The take home lesson: Most researchers could find themselves in trouble with compliance or research integrity if they are not careful. Most of our workshop participants are talented researchers trying to do good work. But they have fallen into some common traps such as:
- Getting overextended and not paying adequate attention
- Being unsure of rules, particularly as they undertake new kinds of projects or regulations change
- Not prioritizing compliance
- Poor communication with team members, compliance officers, or others
Most people are not terribly adept at learning from the mistakes of others. But we hope that some researchers, at least, might take these lessons to heart and adopt lab management practices (such as holding regular meetings, developing standard operating procedures, and overseeing the work of others) that can help avoid a host of problems.
We are pleased that Nature has provided a venue for us to share our experiences. However, Nature not only “fixed” our American spellings, but they changed our title (we would never call our program “rehab”—that’s part of the point of the article) and cut our acknowledgements per their policy for Comment articles. Below we publish the Acknowledgements we submitted with the article.
The P.I. Program was initially funded by a supplement to the Washington University Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) award (UL1 TR000448). The U.S. Office of Research Integrity provided funding to conduct outcome assessment of the P.I. Program and to compare participants to a national sample of researchers (ORIIR140007). We thank Tessa Gauzy, the former P.I. Program Coordinator, for her assistance in preparing data for this paper; our P.I. Program participants, who permitted use of their data for this paper; and all the members of the “RePAIR” program development team, who are listed on the program website, https://integrityprogram.org/about.