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Rules for the Investigation and Handling of Untrustworthy Conduct in Scientific Research

Promulgation Date: 2022-8-25
Title: 科技部等二十二部门关于印发《科研失信行为调查处理规则》的通知
Document Number:国科发监〔2022〕221号
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Promulgating Entities:

Ministry of science and technology

Publicity Department of CPC Central Committee

Supreme People's Court

Supreme People's Procuratorate

National Development and Reform Commission

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

The Ministry of public security

The Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

National Health Commission

State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council

State Administration for Market Regulation

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Academy of Social Sciences

Academy of Engineering

Natural Science Foundation of China

State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense

China Association for Science and Technology

Central Military Department of Equipment Development

Central Military Commission on Science and Technology

August 25, 2022



Rules for the Investigation and Handling of Untrustworthy Conduct in Scientific Research

Chapter I: General Provisions

Article 1: These Rules are drafted on the basis of the PRC Law on Scientific and Technological Progress and the PRC Law on Higher Education so as to regulate the investigation and handling of untrustworthy conduct in research and to implement the spirit of the "Several Opinions on Further Strengthening Creditworthiness in Scientific Research, released by the CPC Central Committee General Office and General Office of the State Council '

Article 2: "Untrustworthy conduct in scientific research", as used in these Provisions refers to conduct occurring in scientific research and related activities that violates the code of conduct and specifications for scientific research, including:

(1) Plagiarizing or misappropriating others' research results or project applications;

(2) Falsifying research processes, forging research results, buying and selling experimental research data, and forging or altering experimental research data, charts, conclusions, test reports or reports on users' usage, etc.;

(3) Buying, selling, or ghostwriting, papers or project declaration and acceptance materials, or submitting them on behalf of others, etc., or fabricating peer review experts and comments;

(4) Using deceptive means such as intentionally providing false information, or improper means such as requesting favors, bribery, or exchanging favors, to obtain approvals for scientific research activities or to obtain scientific and technological plan (special projects, funds, etc.) projects, scientific research funds, awards, honors, professional titles, and so forth;

(5) Using deceptive methods to obtain scientific ethics review approvals, or forging or altering scientific research ethics review approval documents;

(6) Conduct violating norms for putting one's name on theses, awards, patents, etc. such as doing so without having made a substantive academic contribution;

(7) Conduct violating norms of academic publication such as repeated publication, citing works unrelated to the content of a paper, or requesting authors unnecessarily cite specified works;

(8) Other untrustworthy conduct in scientific research.

The acts such as plagiarism, forgery, alteration, and repeat publication used in the rules are to be identified in accordance with academic publication specifications and related industry standards.

Article 3: Relevant departments and units such as schools of higher learning, research establishments, medical establishments, enterprises, and social organizations must not abet untrustworthy conduct in scientific research, and the investigation and handling of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research must not be obstructed or interfered with by any units or individuals.

Article 4: The parties and witnesses to untrustworthy conduct in scientific research should actively cooperate with the investigation, truthfully explain the situation, and provide evidence; and they must not forge, alter, conceal, or destroy evidence materials.

Chapter II: Duties and Division of Labor

Article 5: The Ministry of Science and Technology and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences are respectively responsible for coordinating the investigation and handling of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research in the fields of natural sciences and philosophy and social sciences. Where untrustworthy conduct in scientific research has led to widespread public concern or involves multiple departments (units), joint investigation and handling may be organized, or different departments (units) may be coordinated to conduct separate investigations and handling.

Competent departments are responsible for guiding and overseeing the investigation and handling of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research within the corresponding system and establishing and improving mechanisms for reporting information on major incidents of untrustworthiness in scientific research, and they may independently organize and carry out investigations and handling of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research that occurs in the corresponding system.

Article 6: Where the subject of an investigation into untrustworthy conduct in scientific research is a natural person, the unit to which they belong at the time of the investigation is generally responsible for the investigation and handling; where they are not in a unit, the administrative department for science and technology or the unit responsible for the establishment of scientific research integrity in philosophy and social sciences for that area is responsible for organizing the investigation and handling. Where the investigation involves untrustworthy conduct in scientific research that the subject of the investigation carried out in other units where they worked or studied, the unit involved shall actively cooperate in carrying out the investigation and handling and promptly send the investigation and handling information to the unit to which the subject of the investigation belongs. As required by these Rules, the unit leading the investigation should be responsible for reviewing and taking charge of the investigation procedures and handling standards of other units participating in the investigation.

Where the subject of the investigation is a unit's primary responsible person, a legal person, or an unincorporated organization, a competent department at a higher level is responsible for organizing the investigation and handling. Where there is no higher-level competent department, the administrative department for science and technology or the unit responsible for the establishment of scientific research integrity in philosophy and social sciences for that area is to be responsible for organizing the investigation and handling.

Article 7: The departments (units) managing science and technology plan (special projects, funds, etc.) programs are responsible for organizing the investigation and handling of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research in activities such as application, reviews, implementation, conclusion, and publication of results for government invested and funded science and technology plan (special projects, funds) programs. Units such as those applying for or recommending the project, undertaking the project, or participating in the project should proactively carry out and actively participate in investigations in accordance with the requirements of the departments (units) managing the programs, and make a disposition on the persons responsible for the violation on the basis of their duties and authority.

Article 8: 科技奖励、科技人才申报中的科研失信行为,由科技奖励、科技人才管理部门(单位)负责组织调查,并分别依据管理职责权限作出相应处理。 科技奖励、科技人才推荐(提名)单位和申报单位应积极配合并主动开展调查处理。

Article 9: 论文发表中的科研失信行为,由第一通讯作者的第一署名单位牵头调查处理;没有通讯作者的,由第一作者的第一署名单位牵头调查处理。 作者的署名单位与所在单位不一致的,由所在单位牵头调查处理,署名单位应积极配合。 论文其他作者所在单位应积极配合牵头调查单位,做好对本单位作者的调查处理,并及时将调查处理情况书面反馈牵头调查单位。

The degree-granting unit is responsible for investigation and handling. of suspected of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research in dissertations.


Article 10: 负有科研失信行为调查处理职责的相关单位,应明确本单位承担调查处理职责的机构,负责登记、受理、调查、处理、复查等工作。

第三章 调查

Section 1: Reports and Acceptance

Article 11: 举报科研失信行为可通过下列途径进行:






Article 12: 举报科研失信行为应同时满足下列条件:






Article 13: 对具有下列情形之一的举报,不予受理:





Article 14: 接到举报的单位应在15个工作日内提出是否受理的意见并通知实名举报人,不予受理的应说明情况。 符合本规则第十二条规定且属于本单位职责范围的,应予以受理;不属于本单位职责范围的,可转送相关责任单位或告知举报人向相关责任单位举报。


Article 15: 下列科研失信行为线索,符合受理条件的,有关单位应主动受理,主管部门应加强督查。




Section 2: Investigation

Article 16: 调查应制订调查方案,明确调查内容、人员、方式、进度安排、保障措施、工作纪律等,经单位相关负责人批准后实施。

Article 17: 调查应包括行政调查和学术评议。 行政调查由单位组织对相关事实情况进行调查,包括对相关原始实验数据、协议、发票等证明材料和研究过程、获利情况等进行核对验证。 学术评议由单位委托本单位学术(学位、职称)委员会或根据需要组成专家组,对涉及的学术问题进行评议。 专家组应不少于5人,根据需要由相关领域的同行科技专家、管理专家、科研诚信专家、科技伦理专家等组成。

Article 18: 调查需要与被调查人、证人等谈话的,参与谈话的调查人员不得少于2人,谈话内容应书面记录,并经谈话人和谈话对象签字确认,在履行告知程序后可录音、录像。

Article 19: 调查人员可按规定和程序调阅、摘抄、复印相关资料,现场察看相关实验室、设备等。 调阅相关资料应书面记录,由调查人员和资料、设备管理人签字确认,并在调查处理完成后退还管理人。

Article 20: 调查中应当听取被调查人的陈述和申辩,对有关事实、理由和证据进行核实。 可根据需要要求举报人补充提供材料,必要时可开展重复实验或委托第三方机构独立开展测试、评估或评价,经举报人同意可组织举报人与被调查人就有关学术问题当面质证。 严禁以威胁、引诱、欺骗以及其他非法手段收集证据。

Article 21: 调查中发现被调查人的行为可能影响公众健康与安全或导致其他严重后果的,调查人员应立即报告,或按程序移送有关部门处理。

Article 22: 调查中发现第三方中介服务机构涉嫌从事论文及其实验研究数据、科技计划(专项、基金等)项目申报验收材料等的买卖、代写、代投服务的,应及时报请有关主管部门依法依规调查处理。

Article 23: 调查中发现关键信息不充分或暂不具备调查条件的,可经单位相关负责人批准中止调查。 中止调查的原因消除后,应及时恢复调查,中止的时间不计入调查时限。


Article 24: 调查结束应形成调查报告。 调查报告应包括线索来源、举报内容、调查组织、调查过程、事实认定及相关当事人确认情况、调查结论、处理意见建议及依据,并附证据材料。 调查报告须由全体调查人员签字。 一般应在调查报告形成后的15个工作日内将相关调查处理情况书面告知参与调查单位或其他具有处理权限的单位。


Article 25: 科研失信行为的调查处理应自决定受理之日起6个月内完成。

因特别重大复杂在前款规定期限内仍不能完成调查的,经单位负责人批准后可延长调查期限,延长时间一般不超过6个月。 对上级机关和有关部门移送的,调查延期情况应向移送机关或部门报告。

Chapter IV: Handling

Article 26: 被调查人科研失信行为的事实、情节、性质等最终认定后,由具有处理权限的单位按程序对被调查人作出处理决定。

Article 27: 处理决定作出前,应书面告知被调查人拟作出处理决定的事实、依据,并告知其依法享有陈述与申辩的权利。 被调查人逾期没有进行陈述或申辩的,视为放弃权利。 被调查人作出陈述或申辩的,应充分听取其意见。

Article 28: 处理决定书应载明以下内容:






作出处理决定的单位负责向被处理人送达书面处理决定书,并告知实名举报人。 有牵头调查单位的,应同时将处理决定书送牵头调查单位。 对于上级机关和有关部门移送的,应将处理决定书和调查报告报送移送单位。

Article 29: Types of disposition measures:

(1) Admonition talks on scientific integrity;

(2) Public circulation within a specified range;

(3) Suspension of scientific and technological activities that are supported by government funds such as scientific and technological plan (special projects, funds, etc.) programs; with corrections to be made within a set time;

(4) Termination or revocation of scientific and technological activities supported by financial funds such as scientific and technological plan (special projects, funds, etc.) programs obtained through untrustworthy conduct in scientific research, with the remaining and already allocated government funds to be recovered;

(5) Prohibition of undertaking or participating in scientific and technological activities supported by government funds such as scientific and technological plan (special projects, funds, etc.) programs for a specified period of time;

(6) Revocation of related academic awards, honors, and the like that were obtained through untrustworthy conduct in scientific research; with bonuses to be recovered, and the revocation of professional titles that were obtained through dishonest conduct in scientific research;

(7) Cancelling qualifications to apply for scientific and technological awards, naming as a science and technology talent, or the advancement of professional titles for a specified period of time;

(8) Cancelling high-level titles such as academician that have already been received, and membership credentials for academic groups such as academic societies, associations, and research institutes, as well as academic work bodies such as academic committees and degree committees.

(9) Disqualification as a nominator or recommender, nominee or recommended person, review expert, and so forth for a specified period of time;

(10) Reducing or suspending the recruitment of graduate students for a certain period of time, or even canceling qualifications for supervising graduate students;

(11) Postponing the award of degrees;

(12) Not conferring or revoking degrees;

(13) Recording in the database of seriously untrustworthy conduct in scientific research integrity;

(14) Other dispositions.

The disposition measures above may be used in combination. 给予前款第五、七、九、十项处理的,应同时给予前款第十三项处理。 被处理人是党员或公职人员的,还应根据《中国共产党纪律处分条例》《中华人民共和国公职人员政务处分法》等规定,由有管辖权的机构给予处理或处分;其他适用组织处理或处分的,由有管辖权的机构依规依纪依法给予处理或处分。 Where a crime is constituted, criminal responsibility is to be pursued in accordance with law.

Article 30: The following factors should be considered in assessing the severity of untrustworthy conduct in scientific research:

(1) The extent to which the behavior deviates from the accepted code of conduct in the scientific and technological circles;

(2) Whether there are any acts of falsifying, deceiving, destroying, or hiding evidence; interfering with or obstructing the investigation, or attacking or retaliating against whistleblowers;

(3) The extent to which the conduct has caused a negative impact;

(4) Whether it is the first occurrence of the conduct or has occurred repeatedly;

(5) The offenders' attitude towards the investigation and handling;

(6) Other factors that need to be considered.

Article 31: 有关机构或单位有组织实施科研失信行为,或在调查处理中推诿、包庇,打击报复举报人、证人、调查人员的,主管部门应依据相关法律法规等规定,撤销该机构或单位因此获得的相关利益、荣誉,给予公开通报,暂停拨款或追回结余资金、追回已拨财政资金,禁止一定期限内承担或参与财政性资金支持的科技活动等本规则第二十九条规定的相应处理,并按照有关规定追究其主要负责人、直接负责人的责任。

Article 32: 经调查认定存在科研失信行为的,应视情节轻重给予以下处理:






第三十三条 给予本规则第三十二条第二、三、四项处理的被处理人正在申报财政性资金支持的科技活动或被推荐为相关候选人、被提名人、被推荐人等的,终止其申报资格或被提名、被推荐资格。

Article 34: 有下列情形之一的,可从轻处理:






Article 35: In any of the following situations, the disposition should be heavier:








Article 36: 根据本规则给予被处理人记入科研诚信严重失信行为数据库处理的,处理决定由省级及以下地方相关单位作出的,处理决定作出单位应在决定生效后10个工作日内将处理决定书和调查报告报送上级主管部门和所在地省级科技行政部门。 省级科技行政部门应在收到之日起10个工作日内通过科研诚信管理信息系统按规定汇交科研诚信严重失信行为数据信息,并将处理决定书和调查报告报送科技部。


Article 37: 有关部门和地方依法依规对记入科研诚信严重失信行为数据库的相关被处理人实施联合惩戒。

Article 38: 被处理人科研失信行为涉及科技计划(专项、基金等)项目、科技奖励、科技人才等的,调查处理单位应将处理决定书和调查报告同时报送科技计划(专项、基金等)项目、科技奖励、科技人才管理部门(单位)。 科技计划(专项、基金等)项目、科技奖励、科技人才管理部门(单位)应依据经查实的科研失信行为,在职责范围内对被处理人作出处理,并制作处理决定书,送达被处理人及其所在单位。

Article 39: 对经调查未发现存在科研失信行为的,调查单位应及时以适当方式澄清。


Article 40: 处理决定生效后,被处理人如果通过全国性媒体公开作出严格遵守科研诚信要求、不再实施科研失信行为承诺,或对国家和社会作出重大贡献的,作出处理决定的单位可根据被处理人申请对其减轻处理。

Chapter V: Appeal Review

Article 41: 举报人或被处理人对处理决定不服的,可在收到处理决定书之日起15个工作日内,按照处理决定书载明的救济途径向作出调查处理决定的单位或部门书面提出申诉,写明理由并提供相关证据或线索。



Article 42 举报人或被处理人对复查结果不服的,可向调查处理单位的上级主管部门书面提出申诉,申诉必须明确理由并提供充分证据。 对国务院部门作出的复查结果不服的,向作出该复查结果的国务院部门书面提出申诉。

上级主管部门应在收到申诉之日起15个工作日内作出是否受理决定。 仅以对调查处理结果和复查结果不服为由,不能说明其他理由并提供充分证据,或以同一事实和理由提出申诉的,不予受理。 决定受理的,应组织复核,复核结果为最终结果。

Article 43: 复查、复核应制作复查、复核意见书,针对申诉人提出的理由给予明确回复。 复查、复核原则上均应自受理之日起90个工作日内完成。

Chapter VI: Safeguards and Oversight

Article 44: 参与调查处理工作的人员应秉持客观公正,遵守工作纪律,主动接受监督。 要签署保密协议,不得私自留存、隐匿、摘抄、复制或泄露问题线索和调查资料,未经允许不得透露或公开调查处理工作情况。


Article 45: 调查处理应严格执行回避制度。 参与科研失信行为调查处理人员应签署回避声明。 被调查人或举报人近亲属、本案证人、利害关系人、有研究合作或师生关系或其他可能影响公正调查处理情形的,不得参与调查处理工作,应主动申请回避。 被调查人、举报人有权要求其回避。

Article 46: 调查处理应保护举报人、被举报人、证人等的合法权益,不得泄露相关信息,不得将举报材料转给被举报人或被举报单位等利益相关方。 对于调查处理过程中索贿受贿、违反保密和回避制度、泄露信息的,依法依规严肃处理。

Article 47: 高等学校、科研机构、医疗卫生机构、企业、社会组织等是科研失信行为调查处理第一责任主体,应建立健全调查处理工作相关的配套制度,细化受理举报、科研失信行为认定标准、调查处理程序和操作规程等,明确单位科研诚信负责人和内部机构职责分工,保障工作经费,加强对相关人员的培训指导,抓早抓小,并发挥聘用合同(劳动合同)、科研诚信承诺书和研究数据管理政策等在保障调查程序正当性方面的作用。

Article 48: 高等学校、科研机构、医疗卫生机构、企业、社会组织等不履行科研失信行为调查处理职责的,由主管部门责令其改正。 拒不改正的,对负有责任的领导人员和直接责任人员依法依规追究责任。

Article 49: 科技部和中国社科院对自然科学和哲学社会科学领域重大科研失信事件应加强信息通报与公开。


Chapter VII: Supplemental Provisions

Article 50: 本规则下列用语的含义:

(一)买卖实验研究数据,是指未真实开展实验研究,通过向第三方中介服务机构或他人付费获取实验研究数据。 委托第三方进行检验、测试、化验获得检验、测试、化验数据,因不具备条件委托第三方按照委托方提供的实验方案进行实验获得原始实验记录和数据,通过合法渠道获取第三方调查统计数据或相关公共数据库数据,不属于买卖实验研究数据。



(四)被调查人所在单位,是指调查时被调查人的劳动人事关系所在单位。 被调查人是学生的,调查处理由其学籍所在单位负责。




Article 51: 各有关部门和单位可依据本规则结合实际情况制定具体细则。

Article 52: 科研失信行为被调查人属于军队管理的,由军队按照其有关规定进行调查处理。


Article 53: 本规则自发布之日起实施,由科技部和中国社科院负责解释。 《科研诚信案件调查处理规则(试行)》(国科发监〔2019〕323号)同时废止。


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