Research Integrity

Research Integrity Online Course


The course imparts key principles of good scientific practice and provides an overview of international standards for scientific integrity. Course participants are sensitised to the topic through examples and case studies and their awareness of scientific integrity in the entire process is strengthened - from the research idea to the communication of the research results.


Language, modules and implementation

  • in English, in eight main modules and five additional modules
  • can be used at any time by all junior researchers at UZH



  1. Before you start with the online course, please read the Terms of use and access information (PDF, 30 KB)
  2. In the next step, follow all the points in the registration instructions


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Core Subject Areas

1. Good Research Conduct 

  • Importance and basic terms of good research conduct
  • Difference between research integrity and research ethics
  • Scope and function of government regulation
  • Role of institutions in promoting good research conduct
  • Basic virtues guiding personal integrity

2. Irresponsible Research Practices 

  • Governmental and organisational approaches
  • Defining and handling irresponsible conduct
  • Questions to avoid irresponsible practices
  • Difference between questionable research practices and misconduct
  • Impact of irresponsible practices on research
  • Reporting irresponsible behaviour in research

3. Planning Your Research 

  • Common elements and importance of a research plan
  • Types of governmental approval for research projects
  • Reasons and types of agreements for research projects
  • Problems caused by not properly planned research projects

4. Managing and Recording Your Research 

  • Project management checklist with main responsibilities and potential problems
  • Purpose and importance of keeping a record of your research
  • Requirements for validating findings and for allowing replicating your work
  • Basic standards for storing, protecting and sharing research data

5. Data Selection, Analysis and Presentation

  • Responsible and irresponsible practices in data selection
  • Role of analysis in responsible conduct of research
  • Virtues underpinning best practice in data presentation
  • Examples of irresponsible practices in selecting, analysing and presenting results

6. Scholarly Publication 

  • Factors for deciding on when and how to publish
  • Key factors for selecting a journal
  • Key elements for drafting a scholarly publication
  • Basic principles for assigning authorship and acknowledging contributions of others
  • Types of plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism
  • Submission and revision of scholarly publications
  • Key post-publication responsibilities for authors

7. Professional Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities of supervisors, students and researchers within a mentoring relationship
  • Responsibilities of individual researchers engaged in teamwork/ collaborations 
  • Additional responsibilities of researchers involved in a larger scale of teams/collaborations
  • Primary responsibilities of peer reviewers

8. Communication, Social Responsibility and Impact

  • Researchers broader roles and special responsibilities over the course of a career
  • Challenges identifying the audience and developing plans for research communication
  • Separating personal positions from professional views in research communication
  • Meaning of Impact and different views on how impact should be assessed

Supplementary Subject Areas


 9. Conflicts of Interest

  • Importance of disclosing conflicts of interest
  • Definition and examples of conflicts of interest
  • Reporting and handling conflicts of interest
  • Institutional expectations in relation to conflicts of interest
  • Consequences of not reporting conflicts of interest

10. Responsible Conduct of Research with Humans Participants

  • Origin and purpose of the guiding principles in major codes of conducts for research involving human participants
  • Information to provide when applying for approval to conduct research involving human participants
  • Reviewing and Approving research involving human participants
  • Meaning of "ethical" study and primary concerns research ethics committees address when making judgements about the ethics of studies
  • Researchers continuing responsibilities in approved projects
  • Major challenges in ensuring the protection of human research participants

11. The Care and Use of Animals in Research 

  • Basic responsibilities for the care and use of animals in research
  • Purpose and content of the 3Rs - replacement, reduction, refinement
  • Role and purpose of Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies and government regulation of experiments using live animals
  • Information needed for seeking approval for a project
  • Continuing responsibilities researchers have after receiving approval
  • Importance of taking public attitudes into consideration

12. Intellectual Property 

  • Defining intellectual property related to research
  • When and how researchers can copyright or patent their research
  • Steps taking to establish ownership of intellectual property
  • Intellectual Property managed in the UK
  • Examples of emerging issues associated with copyright and patent of protection of research

13. Export Controls 

  • Purpose of export controls and their role in research
  • Examples of major ways in which research could be subject to export controls
  • Steps to follow to identify and manage export controls
  • Governance and administration of export controls
  • Examples of how export controls affect researchers and consequences of failing to comply