Research and Publication Ethics (RPE) 2022Chacko V M2023-05-05T00:01:40+05:30
Research and Publication Ethics Course 2022
Research and Publication Ethics (RPE) is a two credit course approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) for awareness about publication ethics and publication misconducts. The course is mandatory for research scholars of University of Calicut who have started their course work from 1st January 2020 onwards. Mahatma Gandhi University also made it compulsory for all Ph.D. students for their course work programme from 2019 admission onwards as Course IV.
If you are interested in joining RPE course to be organised by St Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur, please give the details as follows. The duration of the course is 36 hours. Syllabus of the course include all topics stipulated by UGC plus few additional topics like academic writing, reference management and intellectual property rights.
Please note that attending the Research and Publication Ethics course conducted by St Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur will NOT exempt you from appearing the course work examination (PQE) at your respective universities, where you have registered for PhD. This course is intended only to impart knowledge and lessons on the topics of Research and Publication Ethics.
St Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur, is offering RPE online, to those who are interested, including those outside the College.
Enrolment to course: 13.09.2022
Closing date of application: 20.09.2022
Commencement of course: 22.09.2022
Physical classes at St Thomas College (Tentative & optional): 24.10.2022 and 25.10.2022
Tentative completion of course: 26.10.2022
Tentative Online Objective examination date: 07.11.2022
Course fee: Rs 750 (For those who do not require to attend the examination)Examination fee: Rs 250 (For those who attend the examination have to pay Rs 1000 in total.)
If the learners want to be certified, an additional registration fee of Rs 250 have to be paid and pass an examination. St Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur, will issue an e-certificate.
All research scholars enrolled in institutions at Thrissur are encouraged to attend physical classes.
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:
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