Responsible Conduct of Research

Texas Tech University Responsible Conduct of Research

The TTU Office of Research Integrity works to promote safe, responsible, and productive research practices. The associated Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training supplements research training provided by exceptional Texas Tech faculty to raise trainee awareness of professional standards of research ethics, integrity, and safety, and of challenges they may face throughout their careers. The Office of Research Integrity provides RCR education and guidance on effective research practices such as data management, personnel management, time management, safety in research, intellectual property, management of conflict of interest, ethical use of humans in research, ethical use of animals in research, social responsibility for research, effective collaboration, and research misconduct.


  • Nuts and Bolts of iThenticate
    Presenter: Kimberly Vardeman
    March 31, 2015
    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Library Lab 150 

    The TTU Library and the Ethics Center invite you to a workshop on how to use iThenticate, an online tool supporting academic integrity that the University Library provides for faculty, staff, and graduate students. iThenticate scans research manuscripts and grant proposals for possible plagiarism against its database of 38+ million academic publications, 45+ billion web pages, and 92+ million news pages, magazines, and books. It then returns a similarity report that highlights excerpts of matching text for the researcher to review.
    During the workshop, the attendees will learn how to use the tool as a pre-submission check of papers and proposals; there will be a discussion on how to understand similarity reports and customize report settings.

    Lunch will be provided; please RSVP (Dr. Yi-hui Lee,

  • Predatory Publishing: What You Can Do to Protect Your Academic Reputation
    April 3, 2015
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    TLPDC Room 150

    In this workshop, learn the characteristics of predatory publishers, how to distinguish predatory publishers from legitimate ones, how to locale legitimate publishers for your research.

    For more information, contact Personal Librarians or

  • Lessons in Leadership: Personal and Professional
    Presenter: Ginger Kerrick, NASA Assistant Director for the International Space Station
    April 10, 2015
    Noon - 1:00 pm
    Architecture Building Room 102

    Boxed lunch available and $1 parking in the parking garage at Flint Ave. and 18th St. (Across from the Architecture Building).
    Ms. Kerrick graduated from Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas in 1987. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 1991, followed by a Masters in physics in 1993. Ms. Kerrick is serving in the Mission Control Center at the NASA Johnson Space Center as a Flight Director who has, to date, supported 13 International Space Station and five joint shuttle missions.
    This event is sponsored by WT-AWIS, CISER and the President Donald R. Haragan Lecture Series Endowment, begun in 2001 in recognition of Dr. Haragan's unparalleled, distinguished service to Texas Tech University.
  • 5th Annual Responsible Conduct of Research Conference
    This event has been cancelled.