Research Integrity Online Course

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.

Five discipline-based course versions are offered:

  • Research integrity for arts and humanities
  • Research integrity for social and behavior sciences
  • Research integrity for biomedical sciences
  • Research integrity for natural and physical sciences
  • Research integrity for engineering and technology

All versions of the course are in English and consist of five subject areas* that 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. In case you are not certain which course is most suitable for your needs, you may contact us at: onlinecourse [at]

The course is accessible to all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at UZH. For terms of use and registration see here. To log in please use your UZH shortname and your WebPass password. 


*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)