Responsible Conduct in Research and Innovation

UPC Doctoral School
Cross-Training Courses
(Research methodology)

Jordi Domingo-Pascual (Office: Campus Nord D6-209)  
Appointments via email


The planned schedule is one session per week (2 hours/week)

Schedule:    Monday, 11:00-13:00

Language:   English

Classroom: C6-E106

Dates:          March - June 2019

Estimated workload: 20 hours of lectures plus recommended readings

Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS



March: 4, 11, 18, 25

April:    1, 8, (29)

May:    6, 13, (20), 27

June:   3, 10



Outline        Evaluation             Slides                    Documents




Outline of the course

All human activities have implications on our society. Research activity not only does but also the overall research system is based on trust. Then, responsible research conduct is of outmost importance. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of the rules and professional practices that are considered as responsible conduct of research and engineering. Ph. D. students, post-doctoral researchers and everybody involved in research and innovation must know the principles and practices that define a responsible conduct and the ones that are not appropriate and are identified as misconduct.



Topics include:

Research misconduct



Peer reviews

Conflicts of interest

Mentor/mentee relationship

Collaborative research

Presenting the results

Intellectual Property

Information Privacy



Warming up readings:

Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study Is Just the Latest Effort to Prod Users. MIT Technology Review. July 1st 2014. PNAS full paper

“How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science” by Randy Schekman. December 9th 2013

“How science goes wrong” The Economist. October 19th 2013



Evaluation Method

Attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Attendance is required to receive credit for the course (requirements: minimum 60% of sessions and active participation in the debates).
Signatures of students will be collected during the session to demonstrate attendance.



Slides and documents




About Clinical Trials. The Economist, March 26th 2016

How to choose a good scientific problem

What is Good Reviewing?



UPC Doctoral School. Commitment Agreement between Student and Supervisor

UPC Code of Ethics and Good Practice



Codes of Conduct


NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers)

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Academy of Management

ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)

AIS (Association for Information Systems)

ALLEA (All European Academies)



Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics

Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers (Committee on Publications Ethics)