Scholarly Culture and Accountability

The Scholarly Culture & Accountability Plan (SCAP) outlines the expectations and recommendations for how the department, division and individual investigators can guarantee the responsible management and critical review of scientific data.

This plan, which details three levels of responsibility for promoting a culture that encourages responsible data management and produces data of the highest integrity — individual, division and department — also reflects these important principles:

  • We foster an environment where scientific integrity is the highest priority.
  • We emphasize high-quality, reproducible data and results.
  • We value constructive critiques of research.
  • We allow open discussion of any concerns regarding research conduct or integrity.

Each and every member of the Department of Medicine — faculty, trainees, staff and administrators — is expected to reflect and pursue these values. Ours is a shared commitment to the highest standards of scientific activity. 

Below is the RQMP SCAP Qualtrics survey link: 

RQMP SCAP Qualtrics Survey

Researchers should select Medicine as their unit from the dropdown list in the Qualtrics survey as their primary appointment. The attestation should take about 10 minutes to complete. 


Gow Arepally, MD and Laurie Snyder, MD, MHS serve as the Department's Research Quality Officers.

Saini Pillai, MBA serves as the Department's Research Quality Administrator.

In addition, each division has selected a faculty member to serve as its integrity coordinator, to whom any concern or question about research data management can be taken by any individual inside our outside the division.

Other resources

To anonymously report a suspected compliance violation or concern, call the Duke Compliance and Fraud Hotline at 800-849-9793.

Duke University Office of Scientific Integrity includes multiple programs/initiatives to support a culture of rigor, reproducibility, and responsible conduct of research.  These programs are intended to support a culture of research integrity at all levels.