The Responsible Conduct of Research is a philosophy of creating an environment for research that encourages quality and ethical principles. It covers a range of topics that speak to the conduct of investigators and the integrity of the research university.
Many of practices will be dictated by the discipline, by the lab, and/or the funding conditions of the research project, but there are generally accepted standards that investigators should be aware of and adhere to relative to data ownership, data collection, data protection, and data sharing.
By following good data practices (or Responsible Conduct of Research, RCR), an investigator can avoid risk of misconduct and comply with policies and regulations regarding intellectual property and animal or human research subjects.
Good practices for data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership include:
All research involving human subjects is reviewed and monitored by a federally-mandated IRB (Institutional Review Board) to determine that research plans submitted provide adequate provisions for monitoring data collected in order to ensure the safety of subjects.