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Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarly Activity

This research guide provides access to a host of resources on the responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity.

Social Responsibility

Responsible conduct of research speaks to the professional responsibility of scientists and researchers regarding the best practices in their field for conducting research.  These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, rigorous study design, accurate data collection, secure, backed-up data storage, accurate and comprehensive data analysis and reporting, and responsible and fair allocation of credit.  In addition to these internally-focused responsibilities are responsibilities that scientists and researchers have to society, particularly when the results of the research they conduct directly impact human health, public policy, specific segments of a population, or the environment.  These externally-focused responsibilities are often referred to collectively as the social responsibility of scientists.