Teaching Materials on Research Integrity

In German only: Slides on the Ombuds System in Germany

An overview of the functions and competencies of the Research Ombudsman and the local ombudspersons is provided in the PowerPoint presentation “Ombudspersonen in der Wissenschaft” provided by the Ombudsman (Download here)

In German only: Slides on GWP in Medicine and Natural Sciences

The slides were developed in 2009 by PD Dr. Dr. Gerlinde Sponholz and are intended to illustrate the modules of the Curriculum for GSP-courses in natural sciences and medicine (2009) (See here). They can be used as a template when developing GWP courses.

Online courses on GWP (Good Research Practice)

At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) an application-oriented online course on GWP was designed, which addresses students and demonstrates where in the research process certain GWP guidelines come into play. The course was developed under the leadership of the KIT Library and the Writing Lab at the House of Competence in cooperation with other universities in Baden-Württemberg. The course is available in Open Access (it is licensed with CC BY-NC 3.0).

The course is available to anyone interested via the Open Courses KIT. For more information, visit https://helpbw.de/.

The Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE) has developed an online course that specifically addresses doctoral students . The eLearning course “Gute Wissenschaftliche Praxis in der Promotion” is bookable in German and English. Institutions can purchase licenses for the course, whereby the contents can be adapted to the respective institution.

You can get access and a demo verion here. The page also provides more information on how to purchase licenses for the course.

Teaching Research Integrity – Collection of Materials from the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO)

A very comprehensive collection of international guidelines and reports on research integrity, best practices, case studies and GWP teaching tools can be found on the ENRIO website by searching for “Resources”.

Training material of the “Embassy of Good Science”

A comprehensive collection of materials on teaching research integrity can be found on the “Embassy of Good Science” website. There are guides and manuals for people who want to develop courses and a wide variety of resources that can be used in research integrity courses.

In addition to case studies and plenty of literature, you can find links and videos discussing various RI-related topics, such as authorship or image integrity (see Educational Resources). Materials can be filtered by target audience, field of research and other criteria.

Case Studies for GWP Courses

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the USA provides several case studies on different topics. You can find them on this page.

The “European Network of Research Integrity Offices” (ENRIO) also provides several case studies on various topics, which are available on this page

The “Embassy of Good Science” also provides several case studies on its website, which you can find on this page. Using the search functions, your case study search can be individualized.

The Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management at Thuringian Universities (TKFDM, FDM Thüringen) has compiled numerous “Dos and Don’ts” case studies on the topic of research data use and management. These “Research Data Scarytales”, which you can find here, might provide inspiration for case studies on GWP and FDM (Research Data Management).

Members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) have developed various case studies on the topic of “Scientific Publications”, which can be used for GWP courses. Discussed is how to deal with authorships, plagiarism, retraction, and corrections (among others) from the perspective of editorial offices. COPE has also developed numerous flowcharts for various issues related to Publication Ethics that provide practical guidance from an editor’s perspective. Conflict of interest, peer review, authorship conflicts, and many other topics are covered.

Comics, movies and other teaching materials to illustrate GSP cases

A series of comics illustrating ethical issues can be found in the book “ETHICISMS AND THEIR RISKS: 150 new cartoons about ethics at work” by Muel Kaptein, a Dutch expert on the topic of “Responsible Conduct of Research”. The book can be downloaded here.

The “Dilemma Game”, which can be used as a card game or app, can also be used in the context of GWP teaching. For example, questions are raised about how to deal with research data, while weighing up different arguments.

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI, USA) offers the movie “The Research Clinic”, an interactive training video in the field of biomedicine.

Another movie by the ORI is titled “The Lab – Avoiding Research Misonduct”. RI topics are illustrated, showing different perspectives on the matter (the PI, Postdoc, Student or Research Administrator).

Teaching Resources and Formats Offered by Path2Integrity

Path2Integrity offers two types of resources: Learning Cards and Handbooks.

The materials are aimed at different target groups. They address school students, undergraduate and graduate students, postgraduate researchers, trainers, as well as teachers, depending on the respective training format. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Learning Cards: Through the use of the dialogical method, students actively deal with RI questions in roleplay and storytelling. They should engage in real-life examples and acquire competencies that are necessary for the development and use of reliable research results and finally for establishing a culture of research integrity. An introduction to the topic is given by the presentation of two dilemma situations.

The learning cards cover the pre-disciplinary (secondary school & bachelor’s students), the disciplinary (master’s students) and the post-disciplinary (early career researchers) area.

Handbooks: The purpose of the Handbooks is to guide future researchers into integrating their knowledge in a coherent and unique research activity. Each of the Handbooks (S, M and Y Series) complements the corresponding learning cards.

All Path2Integrity-resources can be downloaded for free and with open access on this page. 

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