Responsible Conduct of Research
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences aspires to provide stimulating intellectual research environments based on integrity, expertise and academic freedom.
The Faculty's research is conducted to high professional standards, within a culture that complies with Danish and international standards for responsible conduct of research.
The Faculty is committed to the ongoing education of its researchers in matters of research integrity and The Faculty has in recent years introduced a number of initiatives to promote responsible conduct of research (RCR).
Everyone involved in scientific research at The Faculty has a responsibility to know and live up to the international standards and guidelines for RCR.
Professor Nils Billestrup and Clinical Professor Lise Lotte Gluud are the Named Persons at SUND. The Named Persons are independent and work to strengthen and secure the responsible conduct of research at the faculty.
The Named Persons are 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 and Lise Lotte Gluud with questions relating to these issues.
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.
- 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).
SUND offers a four-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.
- 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. 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.
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The Graduate School offers two different courses in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). There are different requirements depending on the time of your enrollment.
The two different courses are:
- Responsible Conduct of Research 1: An Introduction - This course is mandatory and you must participate in the course within the first 12 months of your PhD programme. 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.
- Responsible Conduct of Research 2: Getting Ready for Submission of Manuscripts and Thesis - this course is mandatory for all PhD students enrolled on 1 August 2020 or later but all PhD students are recommended to participate in the course. The course should be taken in the last year of your PhD. The course will prepare you for submitting - responsibly and successfully - your thesis as well as papers to scientific journals. It is relevant for all PhD students at SUND.
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.
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.
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.
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Research projects containing personal data and research biobanks as well as biobanks must comply with the rules of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). This means
- that research projects containing personal data and research biobanks as well as biobanks must be registered in the University of Copenhagen’s joint record of biobanks and record of research projects containing personal data,
- that research projects containing personal data and biobanks must be approved by the Faculty Secretariat.
- that personal data and biobanks must be stored securely
- Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
- Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing
- RCR - a Danish textbook in Responsible Conduct of Research
RCR at the University of Copenhagen
- Responsible conduct of research at KU (the Researcher Portal on KUnet)
- Code for Authorship at University of Copenhagen (KUnet)
SUND's research is conducted to high professional standards, within a culture that complies with Danish and international standards for responsible conduct of research.
- Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (Vancouver Guidelines)
National Committee on Research Misconduct
- The Danish Committees for Scientific Dishonesty (DCSD). Handles cases on research misconduct.
- The Committee's guidelines
The Practice Committee at the University of Copenhagen
- The Practice Committee assesses issues of good scientific practice at the University of Copenhagen.
PhD supervision courses
PhD supervision courses:
· Rules and regulations (online)
· Advice, tools and practices