The Federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) recognizes the importance of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. The information provided will help explain the Office of Research Integrity's guideline and offer additional tips for ethical writing. The guideline offers writing best practices for Professionals and Students within this area.
- To view The Office of Research Integrity's ethical writing guidelines, click here.
Many guides already exist that can help individuals with their writing. One guide is the Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRaD). Few, if any, exist that cover responsible writing. Responsible writing requires clear expression, conciseness, accuracy, and honesty. In most cases, good scientific ethical writing is missing one of the aspects of responsible writing.
Written work includes an implicit contract between the Authors and Readers. Within the contract, the Reader assumes: work created is that of the author, if any material is borrowed form another text, it uses all established writing conventions to indicate borrowing, and all information presented is accurate to the best of the Authors' knowledge. Despite writing best practices, human errors do occur. Some of the biggest examples of human errors can be from copying and pasting another source.