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Published: 2020-05-14 09:40 | Updated: 2020-05-14 09:45

New guidelines and council for assessing suspected deviations from good research practice at KI

The President has now decided on new guidelines for the assessment of suspected deviations from good research practice. A council has also been appointed at KI for investigating such deviations.

A new act concerning responsibility for good research practice and the assessment of scientific misconduct and an amendment of the Higher Education Ordinance, came into effect in the new year. The new legislation provides that suspected research misconduct is to be examined by a National Board for the Assessment of Research Misconduct (Npof) instead of by the higher education institution where it is alleged to have occurred.

As regards other deviations from good research practice, they are to be investigated by the institutions themselves. Guidelines for this at KI have now been decided by the President. 

The President has appointed a council to perform this task. The council’s chairperson is Mats Melin, former justice of the Supreme Administrative Court and Chief Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court. The other members of the council are:

  • Professor Mikael Norman
  • Professor Eva Lindberg Hellström
  • Docent Pierre Lafolie
  • Head of legal office Helén Törnqvist, deputy chairperson
  • A student representative

Substitutes for the faculty representatives are:

  • Senior Professor Anders Ekbom
  • Senior Professor Tomas Olsson

Suspicions of scientific misconduct, which is to say fabrication, falsification or plagiarism (FFP), can be reported direct to the national authority, while suspicions of other deviations from good research practice are to be reported to the KI president.

These directions are for everyone involved in research at KI and those who deal with cases of suspected scientific misconduct or other deviations from good research practice.

What are “scientific misconduct” and “other deviations from good research practice”?

  • Scientific misconduct is defined as a serious departure from good research  practice in the form of fabrication, falsification or plagiarism committed intentionally or through gross negligence in the planning, execution or reporting of research.
     
  • Other deviations from good research practice includes such deviations as do not constitute misconduct but that damage or threaten to damage the integrity of the research processes, research or a researcher by act of intention or gross negligence in the planning, execution or reporting of research.