Research Integrity in the Context of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Framework

  • Anup Kumar Das Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110067, India


In April 2017 the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, organized a national consultation on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Five key issues aligning in the RRI framework were discussed in the meeting, which are namely public engagement, open access, gender equality, science education, and ethics. As pointed out by the expert panelists, the aspects of ethics in research and academia include the research integrity, minimization of research misconduct and plagiarism, besides a few others. Recently launched “RRI-Practice Report from National Case Study: India”, extensively analyzed the public policy instruments facilitating the governance of responsible research in India. The fundamental tenets of responsibility in research and innovation are to be based on the ideas of Access, Equity, and Inclusion (AEI), as identified by the said country case study. On the other hand, the idea of Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) was advocated by the Prime Minister of India in lines with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) during the 104th Indian Science Congress, 2017. RRI framework addresses many of the critical issues related to SSR. This paper explores the opportunities and challenges in the RRI Framework while ensuring the research integrity in India. This paper includes the highlights from the INSA Policy Statement on "Dissemination and Evaluation of Research Output in India" (2018), UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations (2018), and RRI-Practice’s “Report from National Case Study: India” (2018).

Author Biography

Anup Kumar Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110067, India

Dr Anup Kumar Das received his PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in 2009. Presently working in the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. His research interests revolve around open access, open educational resources, open research data, information policies, knowledge societies, scientometrics, and altmetrics. He has published many research papers and written two books and also involved in four self-learning modules in the UNESCO Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Library Schools. He is an alumnus of CODATA-RDA Data Science International Training School.

How to Cite
Das, A. (2019). Research Integrity in the Context of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Framework. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 82-86.
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