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Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR is not only the avoidance of research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, plagiarism). It is also -

Using grant funds prudently

Performing research with the aim of

producing generalizable knowledge,

not for increasing your publication count

Avoiding Questionable Research Practices (salami slicing, p-hacking, HARKing, selective presentation of results)

Respecting your fellow colleagues, scientists, researchers

Upholding the values of research integrity

Performing research in keeping with institutional guidelines and national legislation

RCR includes the practice of:

The avoidance of

research misconduct​

This includes fabrication, falsification and plagiarism​.


Ethical authorship

Did you know that all authors should be accountable for all aspects of their work?

(ICMJE Authorship Criteria)


A healthy and productive mentor/mentee relationship

Did you know that mentors and mentees have equal responsibility to ensure that the mentee is sufficiently trained?


Being a timely, impartial and responsible peer reviewer

Doing your due diligence as a peer reviewer to ensure a high standard of publication.


Declaring (not necessarily avoiding) conflict of interest


Conflicts of any kind should be made known to the audience to allow them to make a sound and fair assessment of the research output.

Ensuring best practices in the area of data management


Handling and managing your data in an appropriate, confidential manner, only using it for its intended purpose.

Maximizing research funding

and efforts by encouraging collaborative research


Establishing productive collaborations which are based on scientific necessity, rather than to share credit.

Publication of findings in reputable journals, and only

for the purpose of sharing generalizable knowledge

  • Publishing in reputable journals which are not known to be predatory.

  • Publishing for the intention of sharing knowledge.


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