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Background information, policies, PowerPoint presentations, case studies, on-line learning tools, and articles to support Responsible Conduct of Research training and education.

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General RCR Education

General RCR Edcuation

Authorship/Plagiarism

Publication of the results of scholarly investigation and research is typically a major goal of such work. It is important to be aware of ethical issues related to accepted practices in collaboration and publishing, and the responsibilities of author(s) to research subjects and to the scholarly community. The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topics of authorship and plagiarism.

Conflicts of Interest

The types of conflicts encountered by researchers and institutions can include financial or business-related conflicts, conflicts associated with research collaborations and publication, and conflicts in managing time and commitments to collaborators and advisees. Understanding what constitutes a conflict of interest, and how these conflicts can be managed, are an important part of the responsible conduct of research.  The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of Conflicts of interest and commitment.

Aquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership of Data

Understanding the accepted practices for acquiring, selecting, analyzing and retaining research data, the confidentiality and ownership (including IP and copyright concerns) of data, and electronic data collection and storage is an important part of the responsible conduct of research.  The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topics of acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership of data.

Research Misconduct

It is important for researchers and scholars to understand what constitutes research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism), the regulations, policies, and guidelines that govern research misconduct, and the outcomes and consequences of research misconduct investigations. The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of research misconduct.

Peer Review

Peer review is a cornerstone of the scholarly process, and understanding the purpose of peer review and the responsibilities of reviewers is an important aspect of the responsible conduct of research.  The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of peer review.

Collaboration

In recent years, the ease with which scholars from various parts of the world can communicate has expanded the possibilities for fruitful collaboration. In this environment, it is important to consider the best practices for research collaborations, as well as the complex ethical issues that may arise from such collaborations. The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of collaboration.

Mentoring

It is important to understand the roles and responsibilities of both mentors and trainees in predoctoral and postdoctoral research programs, to avoid conflicts that can arise from such a relationship. Other important responsible conduct of research issues include collaboration and competition, selection of a mentor, and abuse of the mentor/trainee relationship.  The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of mentoring.

Animal Welfare

The ethical principles and federal regulations governing research involving animals, treatment of animals, and institutional animal care and use committees, are an important part of the responsible conduct of research. The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of animal welfare.

Human Participants Protection

There a many important ethical issues to consider in conducting research with human participants, including (but not limited to) risks and benefits to participants, informed consent, at-risk populations, confidentiality,  and the role of institutional review boards. The Office for Research Protections' Teaching Tools page expands on the topic of human participant protections.

Contact Us

Office for Research Protections
814-865-1775 • ORProtections@psu.edu
The ORP Education Program manages the SARI program and offers training and workshops on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) topics.
Contact the Education Program Staff