Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland - RCR guidelines

The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), which is appointed by The Ministry of Education and Culture, updated the guidelines for the responsible conduct of research and for handling alleged violations of conduct (the RCR guidelines) in co-operation with the Finnish research community in 2012. Guidelines will be applied from March 1, 2013.

Notice! Earlier guidelines (2002) are used for handling of missconduct cases before March 1, 2013, see Advise & Publications -> Older guidelines.

The objective is to promote the responsible conduct of research while ensuring that the alleged violations are handled with competence, fairness and expediency.

Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland, or the RCR guidelines, has been published in Finnish, Swedish, and English. The print copy can be ordered free of charge from the Advisory Board.

The RCR guidelines provide researchers with a model for the responsible conduct of research. The effectiveness of these guidelines is based on a voluntary commitment by the research community to adhere to them, and to increase awareness of the principles of research integrity. The RCR guidelines apply to all academic disciplines in Finland.

A research organisation may commit itself to following these guidelines by signing the commitment document, see Finnish page Sitoutuneet organisaatiot.

RCR guidelines

The premise of the RCR guidelines is that promoting the responsible conduct of research and handling alleged violations are primarily the responsibility of the organisations conducting research. When alleged  misconduct has been reported and the report has been finalised by the organisation, the party dissatisfied with the ruling may request a statement from the Advisory Board (see Request for statement). In its other activities, the Advisory Board focuses on promoting the responsible conduct of research, as well as formulating and publicising common guidelines in co-operation with the research organisations.
 

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Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland.pptx