There is no one best way to undertake research, no universal method
that applies to all scientific investigations. Accepted practices for
the responsible conduct of research can and do vary from discipline
to discipline and even from laboratory to laboratory. There are, however,
some important shared values for the responsible conduct of research
that bind all researchers together, such as:
- HONESTY — conveying
information truthfully and honoring commitments,
- ACCURACY— reporting
findings precisely and taking care to avoid errors,
using resources wisely and avoiding waste, and
letting the facts speak for themselves and avoiding improper bias.
At the very least, responsible research is research that is built on
a commitment to these and other important values that define what is
meant by integrity in research.
The opening chapters of the ORI Introduction to RCR provide a framework
for thinking about basic values in the context of the day-to-day practice
1, Rules of the Road, presents a brief overview
of the different ways research responsibilities are defined, ranging
from formal regulations to informal codes andcommon practices.
2, Research Misconduct, describes research practices
that must be avoided and the obligation researchers have to report misconduct.