Creating Individual Awareness about Responsible Conduct in Research: A Case Study of One Institution's Approach for Researchers and Administrators

TitleCreating Individual Awareness about Responsible Conduct in Research: A Case Study of One Institution's Approach for Researchers and Administrators
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsSmith, MF, Eviner, VT, Weathers, KC, Uriarte, M, Ewing, HA, Jeschke, JM, Groffman, P, Jones, CG
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Volume36
Issue1
Pagination21-25
Date Published2005
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsAWARENESS , Case , employee , research , RESPONSIBILITY , Responsible
AbstractIn an attempt to educate future scientists on what constitutes responsible conduct in research, federal finding agencies are strongly urging that recipients of federal funds train researchers in ethical conduct. At the Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES), we have used a forum of discussion groups centered on case studies to address not only these issues but the more subtle behaviors than can impact researchers and their research. These case studies, developed for our program by our staff, go well beyond the obvious black and white breaches of ethics such as plagiarism, to explore the gray area of day-to-day behaviors that alienate or exploit colleagues. While these case studies raise difficult issues within our scientific community, they provide a non- threatening avenue for discussion about complex and often contentious topics which are less clear cut, sometimes more insidious, and can be harder to resolve. At IES responsible conduct is viewed as encompassing more than just deliberate and illegal acts of fraud and misconduct. Responsible Conduct includes the interactions of colleagues, peers, senior staff and junior staff and how these interactions impact scientific research, careers and collaborations. It is our belief that this forum for Responsible Conduct in Research Education can serve as a model for other institutions and their administrators and research staff either as a standalone resource or as part of a broader educational program, and that the topics covered in our discussions should be an integral part of any responsible conduct program. 
NotesSmith, Marie F.; Eviner, Valerie T.; Weathers, Kathie C.; Uriarte, Maria; Ewing, Holly A.; Jeschke, Jonathan M.; Groffman, Peter; Jones, Clive G.; Issue Info: 2005, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p21; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: EMPLOYEE empowerment; Subject Term: RESPONSIBILITY; Subject Term: CASE studies; Subject Term: AWARENESS; Subject Term: RESPONSIBLE persons; Number of Pages: 5p; Document Type: Article

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