Department of Library and Information Studies and Research Council of St Thomas College in association with Directorate of Research, University of Calicut are offering RPE online, to those who are interested, including those who are studying, working or doing research outside the College. The course content, credits etc. are all as prescribed in the UGC guidelines. The course will commence from 8th September 2021. The tentative date of completion of course is 16th October 2021.
The course content will be available to the learners on payment of enrolment fee of Rs 500. If they want to be certified (which is not mandatory), they have to pay examination fee of Rs 500 (in addition to enrolment fee of Rs 500), pass an examination and St Thomas College will issue the certificate.
Those interested are requested to pay the fees via NEFT to the following account.
Account Name: St Thomas College
Account Number: 023102575361190001
Bank: CSB Bank
The fee transaction should be done only by NEFT. UTR number should be specified in the last question of the registration form. NO OTHER MODE OF PAYMENTS (like quick transfer, IMPS etc) IS ACCEPTABLE Please do not deposit the fee directly to the College Account.
If you face any difficulty or have any queries regarding the registration of course, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Date of registration extended due to 11.09.2021, 5pm. No further extension will be given. Late admission participants should view the past videos.
Overview of the course
This course has total 6 units focusing on basics of philosophy of science and ethics, research integrity, publication ethics. Sessions are designed to identify research misconduct and predatory publications. Indexing and citation databases, open access publications, research metrics (citations, h-index, impact factor, etc.) and plagiarism tools are introduced in this course.
Interactive video sessions, group discussions through online platforms, and practical sessions. Students have to attend online lectures, watch offline videos, read online resources and complete assignments.
Those students who want to be issued with a certificate of St Thomas College are required to satisfy the following:
The video sessions will be at 2.30 pm on weekdays. Soon after the completion of video session, assessment will be posted for each video session which will be active for 24 hours. Only those participants who complete all the assessment in the stipulated time will be allowed to attend the final examination.
Attendance – 75 % for online lectures
Assessments – All assessments have to be completed in stipulated time (There will be internal assessment through the response/submitting feedback form every day)
Final examination – 50 % marks is required for a pass
The course comprised of six modules listed in table below. Each module has 4-5 units.
Philosophy and Ethics
Open Access Publishing
Database and Research Metrics
Syllabus in detail: Theory
RPE 01: Philosophy and Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy: definition, nature and scope, concept, branches
Ethics: Definition, moral philosophy, nature of moral judgments and reactions.
RPE 02: Scientific Conduct
Ethics with respect to science and research
Intellectual honesty and research integrity
Scientific misconducts: Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism (FFP)
Redundant publications: duplicate and overlapping publications, salami slicing
Selective reporting and misrepresentation of data
RPE 03: Publication Ethics
Publication ethics: definition, introduction and importance
Best practices/standards setting initiatives and guidelines: COPE, WAME etc.
Conflicts of interest
Publication misconduct: Definition, concept, problems that lead to unethical behavior and vice versa, types
Violation of publication ethics, authorship and contributorship
Identification of publication misconduct, complaints and appeals
Predatory publishers and journals
RPE 04: Open Access Publishing
Open access publications and initiatives
SHERPA/RoMEO online resource to check publisher copyright & self-archiving policies
Software tool to identify predatory publications developed by SPPU: UGC-CARE list of journals