Research and Publication Ethics (RPE) is a two credit course approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) for awareness about publication ethics and publication misconducts (https://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9836633_Research-and-Publication-Ethics.pdf) and it is mandatory for research scholars of University of Calicut who have started their course work on 1st January 2020
Department of Library and Information Studies and Research Council of St Thomas Collegein association with Directorate of Research, University of Calicut is offering RPE online through St Thomas E-learning platform (STEP), to those who are interested, including those who are studying, working or doing research outside the College. The course will commence from 12th August 2020.
The course content will be available to the learners on payment of enrolment fee of Rs 250. If they want to be certified, they have to pay examination fee of Rs 750, pass an examination and St Thomas College will issue the certificate.
Those interested are requested to fill their details in the form available at
Research and Publication Ethics (RPE): Course for awareness about the publication ethics and publication misconducts
2 credit course (30 Hrs)
M.Phil, Ph.D. students and interested faculty members
Enrollment fee: Rs 250
Examination fee: Rs 750
Dr. Subhash Chandra Lakhotia, BHU Distinguished Professor (Lifetime) & INSA Senior Scientist, FNA, FASc, FNASc, SSB
Dr. Yahya A. I., Professor & HoD of Chemistry, University of Calicut, Kerala
Dr. Sajeev T V, Senior Principal Scientist, KFRI, Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala
Dr. Peter M Raj, Associate Professor, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur, Kerala
Dr. Sreejesh S, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, Kerala
Dr. Vinu C T, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu
Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur, Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar (Virginia Tech, USA) , Dean & Director (Lib&Inf.)/ Head – Kala Nidhi Division
Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) (Autonomous body of Ministry of Culture, Government of India), New Delhi
Dr Gitanjali Yadav MNASc, Staff Scientist V, Computational Biology Laboratory, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, Lecturer, University of Cambridge, Dept. of Plant Sciences Downing Site, Cambridge, CB2 3EA, UK
Dr. Abdul Azeez T.A., University Librarian, University of Calicut
Dr. Francis A. T., University Librarian, Kerala Agricultural University
Dr. Vinod V.M., Assistant Librarian, University of Calicut
Dr. Sriram V., Librarian, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram
Mr Jasimudeen S, Librarian, St. Stephen’s College, Uzhavoor
Ms Vineetha Davies, Librarian, St Aloysius College, Elthuruth, Thrissur – 680611
Mr. Sanjo Jose, Librarian, St Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur
Dr. Joby Thomas K, Associate Professor, St.Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur
Dr. V.M. Chacko, Assistant Professor, St.Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur
Commences on 12th August 2020
Completes on 5th October 2020
About the course
Course code: CPE-RPE
This course has total 6 units focusing on basics of philosophy of science and ethics, research integrity, publication ethics. Hands on 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 will be introduced in this course.
Online lectures(2.30 pm – 3.30 pm), group discussions through online platforms, and practical sessions. Students have to attend online lectures, watch offline videos, complete reading materials and assignments, for which schedule will be announced in the due course.
Continuous assessment will be done through assignments and quizzes. Weightage will be given for active participation. Online examination will be conducted at the end of the course.
Attendance – 75 % in online lectures
Assignments – All assignment have to be completed in stipulated time
Final examination –5 point scale Grading System, atleast 2 grade point average required for pass.
The course comprises 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:
RPE 01: Philosophy and Ethics (4 hrs)
Introduction to Philosophy: definition, nature and scope, concept, branches
Ethics: Definition, moral philosophy, nature of moral judgments and reactions.
RPE 02: Scientific Conduct (4 hrs)
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 (7 hrs)
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 (4hrs)
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