In the Finnish universities, there have been very little misconducts in good scientific practice. Misconduct in good scientific practice includes disregard and lack of care in conducting the research and in recording and reporting the research results as well as fraud in science. The researcher commits a fraud in science if he or she fabricates or misrepresents research results or misappropriates and plagiarises other people’s work
The Ethics Committee was primarily established to assess the research ethics in studies that involve human subjects, but, if necessary and from the Rector’s request, it also handles suspected misconducts in good scientific practice in all fields of research.
Handling Suspected Misconducts in Good Scientific Practice
A written notification about a suspected misconduct in good scientific practice is sent to the Rector, after which the issue can be handled by the Ethics Committee. The suspected misconduct is handled according to the procedures issued by the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics in Finland.
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