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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Purdue is reaffirming its commitment to research integrity and responsible conduct of research, ensuring that all researchers are trained to conduct their research in an informed and responsible manner, by implementing a new Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Standard (S20), effective July 1st, 2020.

RCR topics include authorship, mentoring, peer-review, conflicts of interest, plagiarism, data management, and reproducibility of research results.

The RCR training standard applies to all faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students of the University who design and conduct research and/or report and publish research outcomes. It has two components:

  1. general online RCR training offered through the CITI Program, and
  2. research field-specific RCR training that includes education on specific RCR issues faced by research fields.

The deadline for training completion varies by training and researcher types, as detailed in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section below.

Take the CITI Training

RCR Workshop Registration:

Overview of RCR

Authorship and Publishing

RCR: Discipline-Specific Training (2 hour workshop)

Additional Information:

Additional information provided by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP): 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About RCR

Completing General Online RCR Training

Completing Research Field-Specific RCR Training

Tracking Your RCR Training

RCR Resources and Contacts