Good Scientific Practice - Avoid Research Misconduct

  • Date: Oct 28, 2022
  • Speaker: Michael Mende
  • Location: online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact: michael.mende@uni-konstanz.de

As a researcher, one has the privilege to work freely and creatively, pursuing own interests and adding to the knowledge base of the scientific community - and the community in general. This freedom comes with responsibility: The responsibility for self-control, accuracy, honesty, efficiency and objectivity. The scientific community has introduced rules of research integrity, which aim to preserve the freedom of research and prevent scientific misconduct. In my workshop, I inform about the rules of research integrity and Good Scientific Practices and how to Avoid Research Misconduct . The workshop introduces the standard statutes of research integrity (Singapore Statement, , ALLEA Code of Conduct, DFG Codex, Guidelines of the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz) as well as local regulations at place. It is also intended to raise awareness for the significance of Good Scientific Practices with respect to different scientific disciplines. The workshop not only focusses on compliance alone but prepares scientists for the complexities and dilemmas of the day-to-day research life by promoting moral and value development: it is structured around the DFG Curriculum „Good Scientific Practice“ for Courses in Science and Medicine | G. Sponholz | 10/2011, as well as the Horizon 2020 supported Virt2ue concept | Embassy of Good Science 2020, with particular emphasis on the following topics: Recognizing Scientific Misconduct Data storage, handling and protection, Documentation, Publication process and Authorship, Plagiarism Conflict Resolution / Ombudssystem. The workshop encourages the active involvement of the participants and features case discussions, individual working sessions, plenary discussions, and information input. All participants will receive relevant material links to useful resources, a tool-kit with relevant publications, institutional guidelines as well as local contact points, which they can refer to throughout their scientific careers. These skills are also valuable to scientists who transfer to other career paths.

Recommended for: MSc, Doctorate students, PostDocs, Faculty

Course Content: Definition of Good Research Practice, Definition of Research Misconduct, Rules and Regulations, Virtue Ethics Approach to Research Practice, Research Documentation, Research Data Management, Authorship and the process of publication, Mentoring and supervision, Dealing with misconduct

Total teaching hours: 2 half days; 09:00-13:00; Course assignments prior workshop and in-between both sessions.

ECTS Credits: 0.5

Tutors: Michael Mende

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