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Responsible Conduct of Research

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) aspires to provide stimulating intellectual research environments based on integrity, expertise and academic freedom. SUND's research is conducted to high professional standards, within a culture that complies with Danish and international standards for responsible conduct of research.

SUND is committed to the ongoing education of its researchers in matters of research integrity and SUND has in recent years introduced a number of initiatives to promote responsible conduct of research (RCR).

Everyone involved in scientific research at SUND has a responsibility to know and live up to the international standards and guidelines for RCR.

Named person

Professor Nils Billestrup is the Named Person at SUND. The Named Person is independent and works to strengthen and secure the responsible conduct of research at the faculty.

The Named Person is assigned these areas of responsibility:

  • focus on responsible conduct of research at the faculty
  • advise on responsible conduct of research
  • handle allegations of breaches of the rules on responsible conduct of research
  • educate research leaders and researcher managers.

All SUND employees and students can contact Nils Billestrup with questions relating to these issues.

» Role of the Named Person (Word document)

Seminar in RCR for principal PhD supervisors

All principal PhD supervisors must participate in a three-hour seminar on responsible conduct of research, which is run jointly with the Faculty of Science.

Topics include:

  • responsible conduct of research, research misconduct, and questionable conduct of research including a brief history, terminology, definitions and a description of the institutions dealing with responsible conduct of research and allegations for research misconduct
  • authorship including a presentation of the norms regarding publication, various kinds of deviations from these norms, and handling of the many grey zone issues to which the application of these norms give rise
  • the role of the Named Person
  • documentation of scientific results and handling and keeping of scientific data, and intellectual property standards, rights and duties.

Seminar Responsible is Professor Peter Sandøe (SUND/SCIENCE).

Workshop in RCR for postdocs and assistant professors

SUND offers a three-hour workshop on responsible conduct of research to all postdocs and assistant professors. The aim of the workshop is to promote responsible conduct of research in a Danish context through case-based presentations and group discussions.

Topics include:

  • Authorship and collaboration
  • Data acquisition and data management
  • Conflict of interests
  • Research misconduct

Please note that it is mandatory to participate in the RCR workshop for all postdocs and assistant professors employed at SUND. Workshops are held on a bi-weekly basis throughout 2018. Invitations to participate in the workshop will be sent to all postdocs and assistant professors, and registration is required.

Workshop responsible is Professor and Named Person Nils Billestrup.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

RCR course for PhD students

All PhD students are required to participate in the course Responsible Conduct of Research offered by the Graduate School. The purpose of the course is to make PhD students familiar with norms relating to responsible conduct of research and problems concerning scientific misconduct or questionable conduct of research.

»  Read the further description of the course and how to enrol

Screening for duplicate text of PhD and doctoral theses

All incoming PhD theses and doctoral dissertations are screened for duplicate text. The screening is carried out by the Royal Library and is done to ensure the high academic standards of the work carried out at SUND.

»  Process for screening of PhD theses

»  Process for screening of doctoral dissertations

Research data management

Research data management is a collective term for the planning, collecting, processing, sharing, storing and archiving of research data. Anyone working with data is required to account for their collection, storage and use of data.

Good research data management is becoming increasingly important for researchers

SUND has a policy which describes what is expected of researchers and students working at the Faculty and provides tools for, and guidance in, research data management.

»  SUND data management policy

Data management plans (DMPs)

Data management plans are documents in which researchers can describe what actions they will undertake to manage their research material and data during and after a research project. DMPs are typically drawn up before data collection starts and are increasingly becoming required components in funding proposals or funded projects.

» Template: SUND Data Management Plan

Questions and support:

Approval of processing of personally sensitive data

There are provisions on how and when personally sensitive data can be processed. When personally sensitive data are part of research projects and biobanks, the processing of data must be notified and approved by the faculty prior to the commencement of the research project.

SUND has authorisation to approve the processing of personal data in research projects and biobanks at the faculty. The approval is given under the Faculty's general notification to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

»  Apply for approval for processing data for research projects and biobanks

RCR in general

Central readings

RCR at the University of Copenhagen

International guidelines
SUND's research is conducted to high professional standards, within a culture that complies with Danish and international standards for responsible conduct of research.

National Committee on Research Misconduct

The Practice Committee at the University of Copenhagen