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Responsible Conduct of Research

Programs and Education for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Education within the areas of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is important for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Therefore, programs on RCR topics are offered throughout the academic year for free and an online short course is available year-round for those who either need to meet an RCR requirement or who are interested in learning more about responsible conduct in research. NOTE: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor timely requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities.


Spring 2015 RCR Seminars

In-person workshops on RCR:

*Registration for In-person events begin on January 7, 2015

Who Owns Your Scholarship – And Why It Matters
Presenters: William Cross (Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship, NCSU Libraries)
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 28, 9-11 am
Talley 4280
Copyright agreements are a part of the publication process that many scholars struggle to understand, but the terms of those contracts can limit how many people see your work, make it difficult to comply with mandates from your funding agencies, and cost you a fair share of your royalties. Join Will Cross, an attorney in the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, for a discussion about what those contracts say and what you can do to make sure you have the rights you need as a scholarly author. Sometimes the most important writing you do is in your contract.

Register here.

Creating Plagiarism-Proof Assignments
Presenters:Dr. Chris Anson (Distinguished University Professor, Director of the Campus Writing & Speaking Program)
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 11, 10.30am-12.30pm
Location: Witherspoon 201
In the context of increasing concern about plagiarism—and increasingly questionable practices for dealing with it—this workshop will focus on productive ways to design writing assignments that restore our roles as guides to our student learning and make it very difficult or even impossible for student to commit plagiarism. We will also consider ways to teach skills for the use and attribution of sources in specific fields, and distinguish lapses in these skills (and the resulting muddled or inappropriate documentation) from real plagiarism.

Register here.

[Canceled] Conflict of Interest
Presenters: Richard Best (Research Compliance Officer) and Jill Dale (Research Compliance Administrator)
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 24, 10am-12pm
Location: Witherspoon 201
An overview of how behaviors and circumstances have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity. Discussion will include definitions, case studies, and the current regulatory and policy environment for the reporting, oversight, and management of conflicts of interest.

Register here.

Responsible Authorship
Presenters: Dr. David Resnik (Bioethicist and IRB Chair, NIEHS)
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 17, 1:30-3 pm
Location: Talley 4280
This presentation will discuss ethical issues in authorship on scientific papers, including authorship attribution, unethical authorship practices, and authorship responsibilities.

Register here.

The RCR initiative offers the following online resources, available 24/7:

On-Demand: Navigating the Dangerous Waters of Plagiarism
On-Demand: Intro to RCR

Still searching for in-person workshops on RCR and related topics? The Libraries offer a series of workshops that may be of interest, including the following topics:

Be a Leader of the Pack: Make Information Resources Work for You and Your Lab
Effective Patent Searching Everywhere
Legal Issues for Academic Authors and Instructors


RCR Topics at a Glance: Intro to RCR On-Demand

Need some quick information on one of the main RCR topics? (i.e., mentoring, conflicts of interest, authorship and peer review, data management, and/or research misconduct?) If so, access the "on demand" Intro to RCR event through the PFL On Demand Moodle page. There is no need to register or formally enroll; simply choose the topic you need to explore.


RCR 101: Foundations in the Responsible Conduct of Research (online short course)

In January 2010, an online course was developed by the Graduate School to provide graduate students and postdocs with instruction in the core principles of RCR common to all disciplines, such as data management, responsible authorship and peer review, and proper research conduct. This course provides training in RCR in compliance with mandates from federal funding agencies such as NSF and NIH. E-mail to enroll in RCR 101.


Research Ethics Modules (online)

Research Ethics Modules: These curricular resources on RCR topics each contain an introduction to the issue, a central reading, a case study, study questions, and a list of resources on the topic. These resource compilations, available as Microsoft Word documents, provide excellent introductions to RCR topics and can be used in part or as a whole to complement graduate courses.


Open Seminar in Research Ethics (online)

OpenSeminar in Research Ethics: The research ethics topics are also available in an online module format via OpenSeminar.



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