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An Update to Scientific Decision Making: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Scientific Integrity Principles

Published:August 22, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2022.08.124

      Abstract

      In 2015, the Council on Research published their vision for scientific decision making, which provided nutrition and dietetics practitioners and practitioners-in-training key information on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ newly developed scientific integrity principles. Given that it has been 7 years since the original publication, it was believed the original six principles should be revisited and updated. From the Subcommittee on Scientific Integrity Principles under the Council on Research, the 2015 principles were evaluated and updated with new literature and best practices for maintaining scientific integrity principles. After this review process, four new/updated principles were approved by the Council on Research. These include: 1) the ethical conduct of research and protection of human subjects, 2) funder’s influence on the research question/methodology/education content and conflicts of interest, 3) review of research-related materials, and 4) maintain and promote a culture of scientific integrity. Moreover, it became clear that newer topics, including diversity, equity, and inclusion should be woven throughout the principles. This article presents the newly updated principles and resources related to scientific integrity principles. We envision that this document can be used by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate members and serve as a guide to incorporate these principles into all research practices and at all levels of dietetics practice.
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      Biography

      S. L. Lennon is a professor, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware, Newark; at the time of the study, she was a member, Scientific Integrity Principles Subcommittee, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

      Biography

      A. Kazaks is a professor, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science, School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA; at the time of the study, she was a member, Scientific Integrity Principles Subcommittee, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

      Biography

      J. McDermid is a research and academic consultant, Crozet, VA, and vice-chair, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL; at the time of the study, she was 2020-2021 chair, Scientific Integrity Principles Subcommittee, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and an assistant professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

      Biography

      M. Murphy is 2021-2022 chair, Scientific Integrity Principles Subcommittee, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and an assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Kentucky, Lexington; at the time of the study, she was a member, Scientific Integrity Principles Subcommittee, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

      Biography

      J. C. Lawrence is a member, Scientific Integrity Principles Subcommittee, Council on Research, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and a senior associate dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

      Biography

      G. Proaño is a senior research project manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.