The integrity of research and creative scholarship relies on the responsible conduct of research. There are several ways to frame the guiding principles of RCR. The main points involve:
- A commitment to the truth
- Using research to promote social good
- Concern for the well-being and lives of human and animal subjects
In some situations, the responsible action is obvious. For example, people agree that researchers should not fabricate the data for a study. Unfortunately, many situations may not be as clear-cut. RCR training is designed to help people act responsibly in all research situations, even those in which the ethical decision is less obvious.
This training will briefly cover five topics: Data Management, Human Subjects, Animal Subjects, Publication, and Authorship. This information is all derived from the training materials available from:
Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee. (2007). Resources. Retrieved July 15, 2007, from http://www.rcrec.org/resources.htm