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Scientific Integrity

The responsible planning, conduct, and communication of research is the bedrock of USGS science. Sustaining and fostering a culture of scientific integrity means conducting our work free from falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, and censorship, as well as adhering to the Code of Scientific and Scholarly Conduct. 

Questions or concerns about scientific integrity at USGS can be sent to the following e-mail address:

In accordance with 305 DM 3, allegations of scientific misconduct may be submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs (OES) via email: