Responsible Research

This section reflects the Online Ethics Center's long commitment to furthering knowledge and discussion of research responsibilities both individual and social. It contains cases, discussions, guidelines, and regulations bearing on (1) the responsible conduct of research (RCR), including both issues of research integrity and issues of the treatment of the research subject; and (2) researchers' social responsibility, including for the implications of their work and for engaging and communicating with the public.

Research conditions described in the cases, scenarios, and dramatic readings range over a variety of disciplines, from engineering and computer science, the physical, life, and social sciences to medicine.

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  • Cases

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    Cases, scenarios and role plays, some with commentary, focusing on problems arising in a variety of research settings. Some are designed for audiences of students or other trainees. Others are designed for departments or laboratories including research supervisors and technical staff.

  • Essays, Articles and Reports

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    Essays, articles, and student projects concerning research ethics, authorship status, and issues of trustworthiness.

  • Other Resources

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    A variety of other resources related to the responsible conduct of research

Cite this page: "Responsible Research" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/28/2009 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Saturday, April 19, 2014 <>

In the News
  • Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

    This news item published by Nature on Feb. 24, 2014 indicates that a large number of conference proceedings were removed from subscription databases after a scientist revealed that they were computer-generated.

  • Opinion: Ethics Training in Science

    "The NIH has required researchers to receive instruction about responsible conduct for more than 20 years, but misconduct is still on the rise." This opinion piece by James Hicks was published in The Scientist on May 14, 2013. It explores the relationships between RCR training, NIH funding levels, and misconduct cases in science.

Ethics Codes and Guidelines
  • Ethics Codes and Guidelines

    Includes guidelines and codes of ethics from scientific and engineering professional societies from several countries, as well as essays on the topic. Some are available in Spanish.