Research Integrity Online Course

Since fall semester 2014 the Graduate Campus offers the online course Research Integrity for junior researchers at the University of Zurich.

The course Research Integrity imparts key principles of good scientific practice and provides an overview of international standards for behavior concerning integrity in the scientific context. Course participants are sensitized to the topic through examples and case studies, thereby enhancing awareness of scientific integrity in the entire process of conducting research - from the initial research impulse to the communication of research results.

The course is in English and is accessible to all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at UZH via OLAT. Five different course versions are offered: arts and humanities, social and behavior sciences, biomedical sciences, natural and physical sciences, engineering and technology. All versions of the course consist of five subject areas* and are adapted to the different disciplines in terms of case studies, examples, and emphasis. For example, the course aimed at social and behavioral sciences and the course aimed at biomedical sciences will shed light on different aspects of human and animal research in more detail than other courses.

Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who have successfully completed the course may request a certificate of course completion. The number of course participants is not limited and registration is possible anytime. Further information about the course can be found on OLAT.

In case your research activities include work with humans and/or animals, we suggest you to take one of the three following courses that are the most appropriate for your discipline:
Research Integrity for Social and Behavioural Sciences
Research Integrity for Biomedical Sciences
Research Integrity for Natural and Physical Sciences

In case your research activities do not include work with humans and/or animals, we suggest you to take one of the two following courses that are the most appropriate for your discipline:
Research Integrity for Arts and Humanities
Research Integrity for Engineering and Technology (This course is also appropriate for natural scientists whose research activities do not include work with humans and/or animals.)

In case you are not certain which course is most suitable for your needs, you may contact us at: onlinecourse [at] grc.uzh.ch


*The subject areas are as follows:

1. Introduction (Principles and professional responsibilities, Dealing with misconduct, Research training and professionalism)
2. Designing (Importance of good research planning, Research with human participants and animals, Managing and protecting interests, Financial interests and intellectual property, Workplace and environmental safety)
3. Conducting (Research record and data, Data interpretation and presentation, Collaboration and the research environment, International collaborations)
4. Reporting (Research communication and scholarly publishing, Pressure to publish, Plagiarism, Authorship, Peer review)
5. Responsibility to society (Engagement with the public and obligations to society, Advocacy)