RCR course description

The purpose of the course is to inform about current norms of responsible conduct of research and enable reflection on how to apply these norms.

The PhD student must be able to

  • describe and discuss various forms of Research Misconduct: Fabrication, Falsification, and Plagiarism
  • describe how to draw the line between Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices
  • describe how allegations of Research Misconduct are raised and the principles for handling suspicions of Research Misconduct
  • describe national and international institutions handling Scientific Misconduct or dealing with Questionable Research Practices

The PhD student must be able to explain and apply norms of Responsible Conduct of Research for the following specific subjects

  • Documentation of scientific results
  • Handling and keeping of scientific data
  • Authorship
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Conflicts of interest and commitment
  • Communication with the public

Format of the course

The RCR teaching lasts one day and consists of four modules. Each module combines a lecture with student interaction.

Module 1: Overview of the field

A brief history and a presentation of the institutions dealing with Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices.

Module 2: Authorship and the Vancouver Guidelines

Presentation of the norms regarding publication, various kinds of deviations from these norms, and handling of the many grey zone issues to which the application of these norms give rise.

Module 3: a) Research Data Management and
b) Intellectual property rights standards, rights and duties.

Module 4: Conflicts of interest and commitment - Communication with the public

Each course has about 40 participating PhD students.


The course curriculum consists of the e-book, RCR – A Danish textbook for courses in Responsible Conduct of Research, by Karsten Klint Jensen, Louise Whiteley and Peter Sandøe (eds.).

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Written assignment

To pass the course, the participants must hand in a written assignment where they relate their own research and work experience to the curriculum.

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