Issues in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

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