The Rise of Responsible Conduct of Research Education: If it is Difficult to Teach Old Dogs New Tricks, Should We Teach the Young?


Amal Abdul-Rasheed El-Moamly
Professor of Medical Parasitology, Department of Medical Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Egypt

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU037000

Is science becoming less ethical? This question is now being asked frequently in wide-ranging communities. The problem is not new, but cases of scientific misconduct are growing worldwide, and concerns have been raised about wasteful spending on research. Many reasons have been suggested, and legal approaches are not enough to combat the problem.

International discussions have examined what can be done to tackle the problem and how good science can be encouraged and promoted. Some believe the answer lies in education: additional education on the responsible conduct of research (RCR) is crucially needed, especially for students and young researchers. International recommendations have stressed mandatory RCR teaching for undergraduates and young researchers.

This book discusses the current debates about the integrity of science and explores the problem from different perspectives. It examines the magnitude of the problem and its probable causes, explores solutions to counteract it, and reviews codes of conduct from around the world. The book stresses the importance of education, and elucidates, with evidence, the possible roles and challenges of teaching RCR to undergraduates and early-career researchers. It highlights various experiences in higher education and research institutions worldwide.

It is hoped that this book will alert scientists to the significance of the problem and encourage an international community discussion on opportunities and challenges to show how the scientific community can better collaborate to promote research integrity. The book could serve as a helpful guide for decision makers at higher education institutions who wish to introduce RCR into their undergraduate curricula. This book also aims to support future generations of researchers who value and practice ethical research, and ultimately to stimulate changes in the scientific system that can allow scientists to develop their careers in research with integrity for the benefit of science and society. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. What Is the Problem? Is Science Becoming Less Ethical?

Chapter 3. Examples of Research Misconduct

Chapter 4. Other Uncategorized Behaviors of Research Misconduct

Chapter 5. Repercussions of Research Misconduct

Chapter 6. Why Science Is Becoming Less Ethical?

Chapter 7. Codes and Regulations in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Chapter 8. Examples of Ethical Codes of Conduct in Research

Chapter 9. How Can We Face the Growing Dilemma of Unethical Research Conduct?

Chapter 10. Can Education Be the Remedy for the Problem of Research Misconduct?

Chapter 11. What to Consider in Curriculum Planning for RCR Education?

Chapter 12. What Does Research Evidence Tell Us about the Outcomes and Best Processes in RCR Educational Courses?

Chapter 13. Major Controversies in Educational Outcomes of RCR Courses, and Limitations of Research to Evaluate Outcomes

Chapter 14. How to Overcome Obstacles in Conducting Research on Effectiveness of RCR Education? Is There an Ideal Model of Research Methodology?

Chapter 15. Current Needs to Improve the Effectiveness of RCR Education and Course Evaluation Research

Chapter 16. Experiences in RCR Teaching at Institutions around the World

Chapter 17. Conclusions

Chapter 18. Search Strategy


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