Education Resources

Education Best Practices

Experts will argue, and rightfully so, that there is a distinct difference between Education and Training. Often “training” becomes a check the box activity. Institutions, government agencies, and even private funders, mandate it for all types of compliance-related issues, and the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is no exception.

Before developing the educational and/or training program right for your organization, consider not only the prevailing regulatory mandates, but how this program might enhance and support a culture of responsibility and integrity. This requires considering available resources, institutional commitment, and the needs of your target audiences.

Additional Resources



  • Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. (2009). On Being a Scientist, Third Edition. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC
  • Barnbaum, DR, & Byron, M. (2001). Research Ethics: Text and Readings. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Bulger, RE, Heitman, E, Reiser, SJ. (2002). The Ethical Dimensions of the Biological and Health Sciences. Cambridge University Press, New York.
  • Dade, A, DiBella, S. and Olfason, L. (Eds) (2015). Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • Macrina, FL. (2014). Scientific Integrity: Test and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research. Fourth Edition. American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Newman, A. (2013, November). The Art of Detecting Data and Image Manipulation.
  • Office of Research Integrity (ORI). (2011). Facilitator’s Guide: The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct. Retrieved on November 10, 2014 from:
  • Roig, M. (2009). Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing.
  • Schaller-Demers, D. S. (2015). Building a Responsible Conduct of Research Program to Sustain an Institutional Culture of Research Integrity and Compliance. In Dade, A, DiBella, S. and Olfason, L. (Eds) Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • Shamoo, AE, Resnick, DB. (2002). Responsible Conduct of Research. Oxford University Press, New York.


  • ARIO – Association of Research Integrity Officers – provides a dedicated platform for Research Integrity Officers, their staff, and general counsel to discuss, develop, and share best practices and strategies for handling research misconduct allegations and promoting ethical research.
  • Ethics CORE – Collaborative Online Resource Environment – Ethics and RCR Resources, hosted by the University of Illinois
  • Ethics Unwrapped Video Series, a series of free ethics videos, is an exciting new teaching tool from The University of Texas at Austin. You may view the videos at – The video series includes a documentary featuring disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and more than a dozen animated shorts featuring ethics concepts, including those from one of the hottest areas in current ethics education—behavioral ethics. Teaching notes accompany the videos to foster meaningful discussion in any kind of classroom. For questions, please email:
  • Executive Publisher of Elsevier talks about plagiarism and research misconduct
  • Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe (FOCIA)
  • AAMC – Association of American Medical Colleges
    Conflicts of Interest Resources:
  • NCPRE The National Center for Professional & Research Ethics – creates and shares resources to support the development of better ethics and leadership practices. They focus on leadership in a variety of institutional settings, from academia to business. NCPRE is part of the Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • NIGMS Clearinghouse for Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility
  • NIH Open Mike – Dr. Michael Lauer –
  • NJ Association for Biomedical Research (Animals)
  • Office of Research Integrity (ORI) / – The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) at about 4,000 institutions worldwide. ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research (RCR) through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities.
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) – PRIM&R advances the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, social science, behavioral, and educational research.
  • RCR at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Resources for Research Ethics Education (RREE) – The purpose of this site is to provide resources and tools for teachers of research ethics. The goal is to promote best practices and evidence-based research ethics education.
  • S3: Science, Safety, Security Safe and successful scientific research protects the nation and the world from infectious diseases, terrorism, and environmental changes. This research ranges from discovering new antibiotics to investigating ways to make crops more drought resistant. Dedicated scientists conduct this research all over the country and the world in highly sophisticated laboratory facilities. The resources provided here give you an introduction to Biorisk Management, which includes biosafety, biosecurity, biocontainment, and other topics related to biological organisms.
  • Survival Skills and Ethics Program. University of Pittsburgh.