Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Excerpt from Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI) book "ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research" [PDF]:

  • Honesty: conveying information truthfully and honoring commitments,
  • Accuracy: reporting findings precisely and taking care to avoid errors,
  • Efficiency: using resources wisely and avoiding waste, and
  • Objectivity: letting the facts speak for themselves and avoiding improper bias.

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About the CITI RCR Course

There is now only one course available. If you have taken an RCR course within the last year, all modules that you completed will show as completed and you will only need to complete the new module(s) and the Quiz associated with the module(s) to complete the 1 year requirement. The required modules are:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions;
  • Mentoring;
  • Peer Review;
  • Research Misconduct;
  • Conflicts of Interest;
  • Data Management; and
  • Reproducibility of Research Results.

Review of the required materials and completion of the quizzes will take about 30-35 minutes per topic. Courses do not have to be completed in one session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the RCR course. CITI allows you to retake the quizzes if you do not obtain the minimum score required to pass the course.