According to the research ethics act (Lov om organisering av forskningsetisk arbeid) the research institutions have the main responsibility for research integrity. The institutions shall promote good and ethically responsible science, and treat cases concerning possible misconduct. However, a recent report by Riksrevisjonen, from 2021, concludes that there is insufficient knowledge about research ethics in academic institutions, and that one needs to make ethics a priority.
"Role models, as supervisors and research leaders, seem to have more influence than us who work in research ethics... We need to create an academic culture where being a good researcher also means to have good moral integrity."
Bjørn Hofmann, Professor in medical ethics (read more)
In a national study of research integrity in Norway (RINO), 40% of 7000 researchers answer that they have been involved in one or more 'questionable research practices' in the last 3 years. 60% answer that they got little or no training in research ethics. 31% says they changed a study after pressure from stakeholders. 1/3 answers that they have been involved in including co-authors who didn't meet the criteria for authorship.
One might have some questions:
- What is questionable research practices?
- How do these differ from scientific misconduct?
- Can sloppy execution of research be mistaken for misconduct?
- Is research ethics a legal or moral matter?
- Research should be carried out in accordance with national and international norms for and research ethics guidelines. What are these, and where can I find more information about them?
This forum is the place to learn more about research ethics and to share experiences and dilemmas that one encounters as researcher. Bring your Phd-student, your Postdoc, your colleague or your supervisor with you to the forum!
We are happy to receive tips on themes you would like us to include in the program. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.