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Research Ethics 101: The Responsible Conduct of Research
14 January 2004 (online)
The ethical, responsible conduct of research (RCR) is fundamental to the quality of science in our discipline, and ultimately to the advancement of knowledge. Therefore, appreciation of the basic concepts of RCR is vital to all segments of the discipline, from students to clinicians to scientists themselves. Conversely, fraud in science, or research misconduct, is diametrically opposed to the quality of science and the advancement of knowledge. This article overviews the major concepts associated with RCR as well as the kinds of behaviors that would be identified as research misconduct. Case study examples are provided for contemplation and discussion.
Responsible conduct of research - research ethics - research misconduct - scientific fraud
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