Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Refresher

This course offers retraining on the RCR Basic course.


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About this Course

This refresher course provides retraining on the core RCR topics and discusses the core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. 

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Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers, Principal Investigators, Staff, Students

Organizational Subscription Price: Included in base subscription
Independent Learner Price: $99 per person

CE Credits and Units

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

4 Credits
(8 CE certified modules)

1 June 2018
31 May 2021


CE Credit/Hour

4 Credits (8 CE certified modules)

1 June 2018
31 May 2021


Contact Hour



Other Participants

Certificate of Participation

4 Credits
(8 CE certified modules)

1 June 2018
31 May 2021

Course Content

Authorship (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Describes the important issues relating to publishing research results and working with authors. It also discusses the potential pitfalls and errors that can lead to research misconduct and authorship disputes, as well as strategies for avoiding and resolving authorship disputes.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15661 (English)
Author(s): Sharon Shriver, PhD
 - Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)

Collaborative Research (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses styles of collaboration and potential trade-offs relating to collaborative research. It also identifies some of the complexities of managing and assessing collaborations, and special considerations involved in collaborative work, including working with industry, across disciplinary and international boundaries, and with students.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15662 (English)
Author(s): Jennifer L. Croissant, PhD - University of Arizona

Conflicts of Interest (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Explains why conflicts of interest can be ethically problematic and how organizations can have a conflict of interest.

Please note this does not replace the Conflicts of Interest (COI) course that covers the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on financial conflicts of interest.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15663 (English)
Author(s): Robin N. Fiore, PhD - University of Miami Ethics Programs

Data Management (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses effective approaches to responsible data management and key issues related to data storage, sharing, and reporting.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15664 (English)
Author(s): Deborah Barnard, MS
 - University of Colorado, Denver

Mentoring (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Identifies the roles and responsibilities of mentors and those that they mentor. It also describes how to avoid research-related problems and optimize the mentoring experience, as well as barriers to mentoring, particularly for women and minority researchers, and potential solutions to these barriers.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15667 (English)
Author(s): Daniel Vasgird, PhD - West Virginia University

Peer Review (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses the history and evolution of peer review, value of peer review as it relates to publications and grant awards, ethical issues associated with peer review, and ethical duties of a peer reviewer.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15665 (English)
Author(s): Adil E. Shamoo, PhD
 - University of Maryland School of Medicine

Plagiarism (RCR-Refresher)

Discusses the definition of plagiarism, appropriate summarization of material, and strategies for properly citing information sources.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 19267 (English)
Author(s): Teri A. Hamill, PhD - Nova Southeastern University

Reproducibility of Research Results

Discusses factors that contribute to the lack of reproducibility and the resulting problems that can emerge. The module also describes the stakeholders affected by reproducibility problems, a collection of reproducibility initiatives, and strategies that can mitigate or prevent irreproducibility.

*Note, this module is part of the CITI Program’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Basic course, but is also included in this course.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 17756 (English)
Author(s): Teri A. Hamill, PhD - Nova Southeastern University

Research Involving Human Subjects (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Provides an overview of the basic ethical principles relating to human subjects research, informed consent process, federal definition of human subjects research, and role of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Please note this does not replace the Human Subjects Research (HSR) course or other HSR training required by federal agencies or IRBs.

Note: It is recommended that this module be Required or Supplemental depending on the learner group.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15668 (English)
Author(s): Jason Borenstein, PhD - CITI Program

Using Animal Subjects in Research (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses the animals that are covered by U.S. regulations, protocol renewal procedures, what constitutes an acceptable justification for the number of animals to be used in a study, and use of performance standards in animal research.

Please note this does not replace the Animal Care and Use (ACU) course or other ACU training required by federal agencies or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs)

Note: It is recommended that this module be Required or Supplemental depending on the learner group.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15669 (English)
Author(s): Michael D. Mann, PhD - University of Nebraska Medical Center (retired)

Research Misconduct (RCR-Refresher) CME/CEU Badge

Describes how the federal government has defined research misconduct. It also discusses the different types of research misconduct and strategies that individuals and organizations might take to mitigate the occurrence of research misconduct.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15666 (English)
Author(s): Marianne M. Elliott, MS, CIP
 - Applied Research Ethics, L.L.C.