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Responsible Conduct of STEM Research: Responsible Conduct of Research

Tips and sources to help you conduct sci-tech research in an ethical and responsible manner.

RCR Training at UF

UF Honor Code

Preamble: In adopting this Honor Code, the students of the University of Florida recognize that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community.

Students who enroll at the University commit to holding themselves and their peers to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware of a violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action.

Student and faculty support are crucial to the success of the Honor Code. The quality of a University of Florida education is dependent upon the community acceptance and enforcement of the Honor Code.

The Honor Pledge:

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied:

"On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."

Best Practices for Maintaining Research Integrity

Follow general practices of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) [in html or pdf or video].  Info for postdocs.

Develop professional relationships with mentors/advisors.  Communicate your expectations and ask questions.  Respect the differences in cultural backgrounds among your colleagues.

Follow the practices and cultures of collaborative research in your discipline, department, and lab.  

Search your discipline's literature early and often.  Know how your work fits with other research in your area, and learn the key players.

Establish roles and authorship at the beginning of a project, and create partnering agreements.  Follow responsible publication practices.

Respect the rights and treatment protocols of research subjects, human or animal.

Maintain accuracy in measuring, recording, interpreting, and reporting data.  Negotiate data sharing and ownership issues.

Avoid the research misconduct deeds: falsification, fabrication, plagiarism.

Respect the intellectual property rights and copyrights of other researchers and authors.

Give proper credit (and cite your sources) to those whose work forms a base for your research.

Follow Guidelines for Best Practices in Image Processing.

Respect the peer review process and its responsibilities.

Avoid or disclose any conflicts of interest.

Learn the policies and procedures for reporting suspected problems (whistleblowing).

Scholarly Integrity Practices

Avoiding Misconduct

The Lab. An Interactive Video on Avoiding Misconduct from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

On Being a Scientist

Reporting Compliance Concerns

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