Fostering research integrity in future researchers through discipline-tailored RCR courses for PhD students

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PhD students of different disciplines are embedded in academic cultures that vary in research paradigms and methodological approaches. Because of this, ethical challenges differ, as do grey zones in responsible conduct of research (RCR) issues such as authorships and plagiarism. As well, RCR comprises dilemmas and active choices. For effective training, RCR course contents should be tailored to disciplines, and both awareness, reflection, and discussion are required to build competences.
This contribution presents the framework for the RCR course for PhD students that has been developed at University of Southern Denmark (SDU). The presentation outlines course structure, organizational setup, and underlying didactical principles. Furthermore, possible future improvements are discussed.
Initiated and coordinated by the university library, the course is offered to all newly enrolled PhD students, in versions that are tailored to each of the five main areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Health Sciences. All courses follow the same modular structure.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2. Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2. Jun 2019
Event6th World Conference on Research Integrity - The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 2. Jun 20195. Jun 2019


Conference6th World Conference on Research Integrity
LocationThe University of Hong Kong
CityHong Kong
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  • good research practice
  • research ethics
  • doctoral training


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