Fabrication, falsification and plagiarism are the usual suspects of scientific misconduct. More common are lesser forms of research misbehavior, also known as ‘sloppy science’. This course highlights the most frequent research misbehaviors and their impact. The aim is to raise awareness and foster responsible conduct of research amongst young scientists.

  • Core values of Good Scientific Practice (GSP)
  • Famous examples of Fabrication, Falsification and Plagiarism (FFP)
  • Other forms of research integrity breaches
  • Impact and consequences of questionable research practices (QPR)
  • Factors that might lead to QPR
  • Guideline for responsible conduct of research
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Good Manufacturing Practice


Our courses are geared towards adult learning and use participatory approaches. The trainer encourages participants to add their experience and knowledge to the course content. Topics covered are backed by real examples and relate to the participants’ field of research.

Before the course, participants can submit specific questions and their own presentation examples by email. The course content will be adjusted to the specific needs and requirements of the participants.

Participants are handed out reading material to be discussed during the course as well as a course summary with their achievements.

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Imagine: from your taxpayer's money, you pay for the highways in your country. And then imagine a company would come along, put up a toll gate and charge you so much money that only the richest cars could afford to use this highway. We would never allow this to happen on our roads, would we? But then why are we allowing this to happen to our scientific knowledge? Kamila Markram, ...
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What do you think are integral parts of research integrity? What topics are entailed and should be discussed in all or some research disciplines to what detail and with what specific aspects? >> board.net/p/A2P_Research_Integrity List of topics to discuss:
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  • Animal Welfare
  • Citations
  • Hedging
  • Ethics in Science
  • Legal Aspects in Science
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  • Good Scientific Practice (GSP)
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
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In an attempt to secure and protect unbiased Open Science in Europe our team member, palaeontologist and Open Access activist Jon Tennant has taken another stand against Elsevier. Elsevier is the biggest and most influential scientific publisher and at the same time probably the most profitable business worldwide. To get an overview of the cascade of events and some background on the story, read the following articles: Tennant J (June 28, 2018), Elsevier ...
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  • Researchers submit a manuscript to a journal for peer review.
  • ...
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The infographic shows how to achieve 100% Open Access for free and legally; available on figshare ...
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For a 2-day course on Good Manufacturing Practice earlier this week, I prepared the following presentation. The lecture started with a recap of Good Scientific Practice, followed by Good Laboratory Practice as prerequisites for reliable and transparent manufacturing in pharmaceutical, medicinal, food and agricultural industries. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) 2day course from Johanna Havemann Insights and feedback from the participants ranged from "Why didn't we have this lecture before ...
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Originally published in naturejobs. The March for Science turned a spotlight on the importance of research. But it won’t have a lasting effect unless we improve science communication, says Judith Reichel. On Saturday, April 22nd, myself and an estimated 11,000 other science supporters marched in Berlin. The event was part of the global “March for Science” that took place in over 600 cities worldwide. While the March here and everywhere ...
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In his blog Green Tea and VelociraptorsJon Tennant describes his approach to writing a peer review.  […] I remember the first time I got a review request in the second year of my PhD. An Editor emails you out of the blue, and asks you to provide your expert commentary on research by your colleagues. EXPERT COMMENTARY. BUT I’M NO EXPERT. PANIC. Well, you are an expert to some degree. Which is why ...
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