Duration and eligibility

COURSE LEVEL : 2 Credit Course (30 hrs)

Duration : As per the UGC Guidelines, Research and Publication Ethics is a mandatory two-credit course for Ph.D. students at Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute. The certificate course in Research and Publication Ethics is of two months duration. Lectures will be conducted twice a week i.e., Friday and Saturday. Two Lectures per day will be conducted on these days.

Eligibility : Registered PhD students in AIHC& Archaeology, Linguistics and Sanskrit and Lexicography and interested faculty members

Faculty : Interdisciplinary Studies

Qualification of faculty members of the course : Ph.D. in relevant subject having more than 10 years of teaching experience.

About The Course

Course Code : CPE-RPE

Overview : This course has total 6 units focusing on basis of philosophy of science and ethics, research integrity, publication ethics. Hands-on sessions are designed to identify research misconduct and predatory publication. Indexing and citation databases, open access publications, research (citations, h-index, Impact Factor, etc) and plagiarism tools will be introduced in this course.

Key Points

  • Duration
    2 Months
  • Course Fee
    Registered Ph.D. Students of Deccan College (free of cost)
    Rs.2000 (For Faculties, Research Staff, and Students from outside DC)
  • Course Type
  • Classes Schedule
    Friday and Saturday
  • Course Status
    Starting on 24th May 2024


  1. To introduce the basics of philosophy of science and ethics.
  2. To inculcate research integrity.
  3. To discuss publication ethics.
  4. To educate on how to identify research misconduct and predatory publications.
  5. To discuss Indexing and citation databases.
  6. To provide information on open access publications and research metrics.
  7. To introduce various plagiarism tools.

Course Outcomes

  1. Understanding of basics of philosophy of science and ethics.
  2. Knowledge of research integrity.
  3. Understanding of publication ethics.
  4. Knowledge of identifying research misconduct and predatory publications.
  5. Knowledge of Indexing and citation databases.
  6. Knowledge of open access publications and research metrics.
  7. Knowledge of various plagiarism tools.


Class room teaching, guest lectures, group discussions, and practical sessions.

Evaluation :

Continuous assessment will be done through tutorials, assignment, quizzes, and group discussions. Weightage will be given for active participation. Final written examination will be conducted at the end of the course.

  1. Students, who have 75% attendance, will be considered eligible for the test.
  2. The procedure of assessment will be divided into three sections:
    1. Mid-Term Test consist of 25 marks giving multiple options of questions (MCQ, fill in the blanks, yes/no, true/false, etc.)
    2. Assignments (Journal review, finding impact factor, quiz, and group discussion session, etc.) consists of 25 marks.
    3. A descriptive written test of 50 marks based on the part of the syllabus covered in the General Sessions on RPE Course.


Course Structure : The course comprised of six modules listed in table below. Each module has 4-5 units.


Unit Title

Teaching Hours


RPE 01

Philosophy and Ethics


RPE 02

Scientific Conduct


RPE 03

Publication Ethics



RPE 04

Open Access Publishing


RPE 05

Publication Misconduct


RPE 06

Database and Research Metrics


Total 30

Syllabus In Details

THEORY (15 hrs.)

RPE 01: Philosophy and Ethics (3 hrs.)
  1. Introduction to Philosophy: definition, nature and scope, concept, branches
  2. Ethics: Definition, moral philosophy, nature of moral judgments and reactions.

RPE 02: Scientific Conduct (5 hrs.)
  1. Ethics with respect to science and research (Ethics with respect to Research in AIHC and Archaeology; Ethics with respect to Research in Linguistics; Ethics with respect to Research in Sanskrit & Lexicography)
  2. Intellectual honesty and research integrity
  3. Scientific misconducts: Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism (FFP)
  4. Redundant publications: duplicate and overlapping publications, salami slicing
  5. Selective reporting and misrepresentation of data

RPE 03: Publication Ethics (7 hrs.)
  1. Publication ethics: definition, introduction and importance
  2. Best practices/standards setting initiatives and guidelines: COPE, WAME etc.
  3. Conflicts of interest
  4. Publication misconduct: Definition, concept, problems that lead to unethical behaviour and vice versa, types
  5. Violation of publication ethics, authorship and contributorship
  6. Identification of publication misconduct, complaints and appeals
  7. Predatory publishers and journals

PRACTICE (15 hrs.)

RPE 04: Open Access Publishing (4 hrs.)
  1. Open access publications and initiatives
  2. SHERPA/RoMEO online resource to check publisher copyright & self-archiving policies
  3. Software tool to identify predatory publications developed by SPPU: UGC-CARE list of journals
  4. Journal finder/journal suggestion tools viz. JANE, Elsevier Journal Finder, Springer Journal Suggester, etc.

RPE 05: Publication Misconduct

  1. Group discussions (2 hrs.)
    1. Subject specific ethical issues, FFP, authorship
    2. Conflicts of interest
    3. Complaints and appeals: examples and fraud from India and abroad
  2. Software tools (2 hrs.)
    1. SPSS- Use of reference management software like SPSS, Zotero etc. and anti- plagiarism software like Turnitin/Urkund/Drillbit

RPE 06: Databases and research metrics
  1. Databases (4 hrs.)
    1. Indexing databases
    2. Citation databases: Web of Science, Scopus etc.
  2. Research Metrics (3 hrs.)
    1. Impact factor of journal as per Journal Citation Report, SNIP, SJR, IPP, Cite Score
    2. Metrics: h-index, g-index, i-10 index, altmetrics

  1. Bird, A. (2006). Philosophy of Science. Routledge.
  2. Maclntyre, Alasdair (1967) A Short History of Ethics. London.
  3. P. Chaddah, (2018) Ethics in Competitive Research: Do not get scooped; do not get plagiarized, ISBN:978- 9387480865
  4. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. (2009). On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition. National Academies Press.
  5. Resnik, D. B. (2011). What is ethics in research & why is it important. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 1-10. Retrieved from https://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/resources/bioethics/whatis/index.cfrn
  6. Beall, J. (2012). Predatory publishers are corrupting open access. Nature, 489(7415), 179-179. https://doi.org/10.1038/489179a
  7. Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Ethics in Science Education, Research and Governance (2019), ISBN: 978-81-939482-1-7. http://www.insaindia.res.in/pdf/Ethics_Book.pdf

Course Duration: 2 months     Class Schedule: Friday and Saturday

Contact Details:
Dr. Trupti More
Course Coordinator for Research and Publication Ethics (RPE)
Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute (Deemed to be University)
Yerawada, Pune-411006
Email: rpethics@dcpune.ac.in

Fee Structure

Registered Ph.D. Students of Deccan College (free of cost)
Rs.2000/- (For Faculties, Research Staff, and Students from outside DC)

How to apply

1. Ph.D. students have to apply for participating in the Research and Publication Ethics Course. A duly filled application form should reach the Academic Section after they receive a formal intimation letter from the office. The announcement of the same will be uploaded on the Deccan College homepage (https://www.dcpune.ac.in).

2. Faculties, Research Staff and other Students should pay the fees and then fill the form as they have to give the payment details in the form.

3. Application incomplete in any sense will not be considered for admission

4. Admission to a course will initially remain provisional. It will be confirmed when the documents specified below are submitted and accepted at the time of registration. A notice for the submission of eligibility application along with the below mentioned documents will be issued after the provisional admission process is over. Failure to submit the documents then will be viewed seriously by the authorities and action will be taken as per rules against the defaulting student.

List of Enclosures

  • Registration letter issued for PhD by the College/University.
  • Post-Graduate degree certificate by the College/University.
  • A letter of confirmation of the admission will be issued to the candidate after the documents specified above have been submitted, verified and found in order.

Terms of Passing

Individual passing in all three components is compulsory for every student.:

  1. Thus, Mid Term Tests (25 marks), Assignments (25 marks), and written tests (50 marks) will be scored out of 100 marks.
  2. To be eligible to pass in the examination of the course a student should secure minimum passing percentage of 50% i.e., 50 marks out of 100 marks (MCQ test, Written test and assignment marks taken together. However, minimum 7 marks in the written test are required).
  3. The grade will be assigned to the students on the basis of marks they secure out of 100. The grade will appear on the certificate

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    Less than 50