Articles, features and press coverage

Here you may read articles and listen to news items published in relation to the Aarhus University's work to prepare new guidelines on responsible conduct of research.

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Dagbladet Information

Universitet sætter ind mod forskerfusk

(University endeavours to avoid research misconduct)

17 April 2013

Aarhus University is preparing an action plan which will improve the system's response to cases and suspicion of research misconduct. The initiative is based on a survey among the AU's staff who are uncertain as how to act in cases of suspicion of misconduct.

Åben debat skal skabe ansvarlig forskningspraksis

(Open debate to further responsible conduct of research)

2 May 2013 

How to avoid plagiarism and misconduct in a research world in which all researchers are under pressure to produce more and more? Through open debate and clear standards for good research practice.


Forskeres dårlige adfærd forbløffer stadig

(Researchers’ poor behaviour will not cease to amaze)

The DR radio programme Orientering, 17 April 2013, 16.51 on channel P1

Aarhus University is hosting a conference on scientific dishonesty as part of the health science area's work to prepare standards for responsible conduct of research.

At the conference, international experts who have worked for years to expose plagiarism and research misconduct will share their experiences.

In this interview, recorded prior to the conference, Melissa Anderson Professor at the University of Minnesota explains that it never ceases to amaze her that any researcher dares engage in research misconduct given the level of attention the topic receives.  


Snyd og ”skøn”-sang

(Cheating and beautification)

The DR radio programme Videnskabens Verden, 30 April 2013, 14.03 on channel P1

Last week, a major conference was held at Aarhus University on scientific misconduct or, to put it in plain English: cheating.

In the beginning of February the German Minister for Education had to retire from her office as it turned out she had cheated with her PhD thesis. Debora Weber-Wulffs who attended the conference, helped prove that more than half of the Minister's thesis was plagiarism.

Why cheat?
At the conference, one of the topics of discussed was why so many succeed in cheating and what they gain from cheating. Deborah explains that one of the reasons may be that today's researchers are asked: "How many articles did you have published last year?" rather than "Were the articles you had published last year any good?" 

Videnskabelig spin

(Scientific spin)

The DR radio programme Videnskabens Verden, 27 November 2012, 14.03 on channel P1

Researchers overstate their own research results and it gets even worse when journalists start working on the material and simplify conclusions. Concludes a French study.

"The key to rapid fat-burning discovered", "Researchers conclude:  Beer is healthy", Researchers have discovered the cure for Parkinson's".

These are the type of headlines seen in papers and on the internet, when new scientific studies are presented. Conclusions are pushed to the limit and are therefore overstated and become overly sensational. But in a French study (Misrepresentation of Randomized Controlled Trials in Press Releases and New Coverage) which saw the revision of a total of 500 articles, it was demonstrated that exaggeration is also present in the research articles. The French study detected spin - intentional or unintentional presentation of positive results - in 4 out of 10 articles.

Internationale eksperter skal bidrage til forskningspraksis

(International experts will contribute to responsible conduct of research)

19 March 2013

International experts on scientific honesty will be present when Health hosts a symposium on good research practice on 17 April. The symposium is to inspire preparation of Health's own guidelines on responsible conduct of research.


Sund forskningskultur på Aarhus Universitet får international opmærksomhed

(Healthy research culture at Aarhus University attracts international attention)

10 April 2013

Six leading experts in the unearthing of plagiarism, research fraud and responsible conduct of research from the US, Germany and Norway will assist the health science area with the drafting of guidelines on responsible conduct of research. On 17 April 2013, the experts will participate in a public symposium held at Aarhus University on responsible conduct of research. 

Health forbereder handlingsplan for at sikre sund forskning

(Health prepares action plan to ensure healthy research)

19 April 2013

Cheating and deception was the focal point when Health hosted a symposium on research practice at Aarhus University on 17 April 2013. The symposium was a contribution to the main academic area's forthcoming guidelines on responsible research practice for researchers working within health and disease.