Next course start: 25 March 2018, 13-17.

Apply for the course by sending an email to, with your name, your personal number, your department and research discipline.



The seminar

The teacher in charge of this module is Gert Helgesson (KI)

The afternoon is planned as follows: first, there will be an introductory lecture on scientific misconduct by Gert Helgesson, followed by group discussions and a common discussion. Questions that will be dealt with:

How should one draw the line between acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour in relation to research?

Do you have experiences, from you research group or department, or your research field, concerning deviations from good research practice? If so, what did it concern? Potential themes: fabrication of data, falsification of data, plagiarism, misuse of statistics, selective publication, incorrect recruitment of research participants, misleading description of context. Do you have experience of research practices being questioned as unethical, although you think they are justified?

After this, there will be a short introduction to another theme: authorship on research papers, followed by group discussions. Some dominating research ethical guidelines will be presented. Discussion will concern: What’s wrong with the guidelines (if anything)? What’s wrong with present authorship practices in my group/at my department/in my field (if anything)? Are there better means to fair research credit than authorship positions on papers?

Such questions will form the basis for the group work, and will also be relevant for the home assignment.

The home assignment will be published on the day of the seminar and have a deadline one week later.

Gert Helgessons PP


David B. Resnik: The Ethics of Science: An Introduction (Routledge). (Chapters 4 - 6). The book is available as an electronic resource from the university library.

Gert Helgesson & Stefan Eriksson: Plagiarism in Research (available through the university library login).

Good Research Practice / God forskningssed Guidelines from the Swedish Research Council.