Resources for Instructors

This page hosts materials developed at UC San Diego that may be useful for instructors of research ethics or responsible conduct of research (RCR).

Teaching Research Ethics Online

Teaching research ethics online

These are three documents developed in response to the need to shift our teaching to an online format in the face of 2020 COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Approaches students (and instructors) can use to make presentations engaging, resulting in participant reflection and discussion. This is similar to what we recommend in the context of in person courses, but tweaked to focus on approaches that could work online.
  2. FAQs prepared for students.
  3. "How to" document for use of Zoom.

Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop

Teaching on the topic of rigor and reproducibility

These materials are for a 2-hour workshop developed with support of the UC San Diego Altman Clinical Translational and Research Institute. This model seems easily adopted by others:

  2. POWERPOINT SLIDES: 10-minute introductory presentation
  3. Video of introductory presentation (coming soon)
  4. WORKSHEET: For participants to list factors relevant to reproducibility of their research
  5. SCORESHEET: Rubric for participants to identify number of categories represented in their lists
  6. RESOURCES: Recommendations for further readings by workshop participants


Course Resources

This document is provided as a starting point for resources on the topic of research ethics. While it is not intended to be comprehensive or definitive, it does include many options that should be helpful. However, it should also be clear that links will change, that some of the included resources will become outdated, or that there are other resources that should be included. If you see anything that might corrected, removed, or added, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Resources for Ethics Courses


Course Website:

UCSD Research Ethics Program:


Introduction to Research Ethics

Resources for Research Ethics – Overview

Resources for Research Ethics – What is Research Ethics?

NIH – Research Integrity Guide


Selected topics

  1. Data management

Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego – Data management:

Resources for Research Ethics – Data management:

Data management made simple. Nature (2018)

Everyone needs a data-management plan. Nature (2018)

NIH – Keeping a Lab Notebook


  1. Reproducibility

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. Nature (2016):

Opinion: Is science really facing a reproducibility crisis, and do we need it to? PNAS (2015):

Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology:

Reproducibility Project: Psychology

The Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative


  1. Conflicts of Interest

Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego – Conflicts of Interest

Resources for Research Ethics – Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest in Scientific Research Related to Regulation or Litigation. David Resnik (2007). 

Guidelines for dealing with faculty conflicts of commitment and conflicts of interest in research. Association of American Medical Colleges Ad Hoc Committee on Misconduct and Conflict of Interest in Research (1990)


  1. Authorship:

Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego – Authorship

Resources for Research Ethics – Authorship

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) – Authorship guidelines

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) – Authorship polices

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) – How to handle authorship disputes

Nature – Discussion about authorship and policies:


  1. Metrics in Science

Reviews on Scientometrics:

Eugene Garfield – The father of Scientometrics:

Citation Indexes for Science, Eugene Garfield (1955)


  1. Open Science

What is Open Science?

Center for Open Science

Open Access. Science Europe

Plan S


  1. Correction of the Scientific Literature

Definition and guidelines from the Council of Science Editors

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) – Guidelines for retracting articles

Retraction Watch [You can use the different tags both on Retraction Watch and Retraction Database to search for different topics of interest (e.g., search for “authorship” or "peer review")]


  1. Questionable Research Practices

Ethical Problems In Academic Research

Measuring the prevalence of questionable research practices with incentives for truth telling

Questionable Research Practices Revisited

Questions About Questionable Research Practices in the Field of Management


  1. Misconduct

Misconduct Definition by Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) 

US Office of Research Integrity

ORI Public Cases 


  1. Whistleblowing

Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego – Whistleblowing

Definition and guidance by Resources for Research Ethics Education

Speaking up for Science

Whistleblower Protection Act. NSF

Research ethics: 3 ways to blow the whistle. Nature (2013) 


  1. Sociology of Science

The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations, Robert Merton (1973)

Merton`s norms and the Scientific Ethos

The Matthew Effect In Science, Robert Merton (1968)


  1. Ethics in Science and Technology

Center for Ethics in Science and Technology (videos)