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Responsible Conduct of Research-Special Topics

The publication, On Being a Scientist (3rd edition) from the National Academy of Sciences, provided informal lessons in ethics for both research supervisors and mentors. The book describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. Additoinally, listed below are links to information that may further enhance the understanding of the core RCR areas as determined by Public Health Service.

Data Management


Mentor / Trainee Relationships


Publication Practices & Responsible Authorship



Peer Review




Collaborative Science





Human Subjects






Research Involving Animals


Research Misconduct

Conflict of Interest & Commitment



What is “Research Integrity”, from the NIH

UMBC Graduate School information for Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Training

Case Studies

Case summaries detailing administrative actions of the Office of Research Integrity that were imposed due to findings of research misconduct

Case study – What happens when a university ignores warnings on research fraud

Case study  – “Responsible Authorship and Publication Practices” – a parody in song from YouTube

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