ReaDI Program Resources

These resources have been compiled with input from many Columbia faculty and staff, including members of the University's Standing Committee on the Conduct of Research. We greatly appreciate their support. These materials are not intended to dictate particular practices. Rather, they provide suggestions and recommendations for ways to structure and manage aspects of research, so that principal investigators and researchers can develop the approaches that work best for them.

General Resources for all Researchers

Accidental plagiarism is often the result of poor note taking or improperly citing a reference when paraphrasing (read about: Confessions of an Accidental Plagiarist). Below are some resources for avoiding plagiarism and managing citations.

Understanding What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It
Manage Sources and Citations Systematically

Sometimes plagiarism results from mismanaged or improper citation and source management.  Citation management software can help avoid such problems.  These tools help researchers keep track of sources and citations.  An overview of various tools is available on Columbia's Library website. Many are free downloads with Columbia uni. Software providers have also published tutorials to help troubleshoot and utilize software to full potential:

Tutorials for using EndNote

Tutorials for using Mendeley

Tutorials for using Zotero

For information on plagiarism in the context of research misconduct, please see ORCT's misconduct site.

General guidelines for anybody conducting research, mentoring researchers, or planning to lead a research group

Policies and Resources from NIH and AHRQ
Rigorous Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Orange Divider

Reproducibility Topics and Guidelines by Research Field

Checklists and Case Studies
Resources from Journals and Manufacturers
Literature Review
Guidelines and Resources from Professional and Non-Profit Organizations
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
    Enhancing Research Reproducibility is a collection of recommendations from FASEB that resulted from roundtable discussions. This document discusses overarching topics, mouse and other animal models, and antibodies

  • Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI)
    GBSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of biomedical research by advocating best practices and standards to accelerate the translation of research breakthroughs into life-saving therapies. (text taken from website) GBSI has assembled some key publications.

Science Signaling
Statistics and Computational Analysis Specific for Biologists
Chemical Probes and Biomarkers
Mixed Methods and Qualitative Research
Retrospective Chart Review
Preclinical and Clinical Research
Simulation-Based Research

The INSPIRE network has collaborated with global partners (including four influential journals: Simulation in Healthcare, BMJ Simulation, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, and Advances in Simulation) to develop extentions specific to simulation-based research for both the CONSORT and STROBE statements, in the documents below (text adapted from website).

These guidelines are for researchers who acquire images and use image manipulation software (such as Photoshop)

Center for Open Science (COS)

COS is part of the Open Science Framework (OSF), which has developed a series of online workshops as part of their statistical and methodological consulting services. These materials are free and can be found here, the webinars are also available on OSF's YouTube channel.

Literature Review
Statistics and Computational Analysis Specific for Biologists

Open-Source Resources, Databases and Data Sharing Tools

  • Code Ocean: a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform that provides researchers and developers an easy way to share, discover and run code published in academic journals and conferences.