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Research Ethics Resources  

The Chemistry Graduate students are expected to adhere to the FAU honor code (section 6C 5.4. 001 of the Graduate policies and procedure manual) and to familiarize themselves with the Research ethics conduct. The links shown below provide a starting point for those who seek to understand the basis of integrity in science. This web page will be updated periodically. If any URL is not current use a search engine.  

  1.  Details on plagiarism tools from Turnitin Research Resources ( Turnitin is a service of iParadigms, LLC). Research Resources is designed to help educators and students develop a better sense of what plagiarism means in the information age, and to teach the planning, organizational, and citation skills essential for producing quality writing and research.

    For students, this site offers:
    • Plagiarism defined, in easy-to-understand terms
    • Tips on how to avoid both internet-based and conventional plagiarism
    • Guidelines for proper citation, and links to help with specific citation styles
    • Suggestions for developing good research and writing skills
    • Answers to frequently asked questions, including explanations for often misunderstood concepts like fair use, public domain, and copyright laws
    • Printable handouts for students on plagiarism, proper citation, and paper writing
    • Definitions for important research-related terms

      What is Plagiarism? A MANDATORY READING FOR ALL CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENTS.
  2. The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at Case Western Reserve University- Reference Materials on Research Ethics. The mission of the Ethics Center is to provide engineers, scientists and science and engineering students with resources useful for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work life. The Center is also intended to serve teachers of engineering and science students who want to include discussion of ethical problems closely related to technical subjects as a part of science and engineering courses, or in free-standing subjects in professional ethics or in research ethics for such students. See http://www.case.edu/news/2005/6-05/ethics.htm
  3. On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research. A must read book for students starting a research career and for the faculty. Range of issues including plagiarism, authorship, conflict of interest and misconduct in science are covered with numerous case studies. (From the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy Press, Washington DC 1995). see http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/book-s/obas/
  4. 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.
  5. Responsible conduct for research education committee (RCREC). The need for Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) is becoming increasingly clear. Many Universities are becoming members of this Committee (See http://rcrec.org/).
  6. For a detailed PowerPoint presentation on RCR educational resources see http://rcrec.org/re-sources.htm
  7. Ethics in science-Publications, resources and essays. See http://www.chem.vt.edu/chem-ed/ethics/#resources
  8. For issues on copy rights, see http://www.copyright.gov/
  9. For on line journal on Bioethics, see http://www.bioethics.net/
  10. For additional links, see http://www.research.umn.edu/ethics/links/
  11. Awareness of publication guidelines and the responsible conduct of research.
  12. Beyond conflict of interest: the responsible conduct of research.
  13. Six domains of research ethics. A heuristic framework for the responsible conduct of research. 
  14. Ownership of research data.
  15. Intellectual property and control.