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Deviations from good research practice

Chapter 1 Section 3a of the Swedish Higher Education Act (SFS 1992:1434) states that, in the course of their operations, higher education institutions shall uphold academic credibility and good research practice. Any suspicion of deviation from good research practice must be reported to the President of KTH without delay so that it can be investigated. The process is described below.

Addressing deviations from good research practice

The Act on responsibility for good research practice and the examination of research misconduct (2019:504) stipulates that matters related to deviations from good research practice must be investigated by the National Board for Assessment of Research Misconduct (Npof)). Section 2 of the Act defines deviation as “a serious deviation from good research practice in the form of fabrication, falsification or plagiarism that is committed intentionally or through gross negligence when planning, conducting or reporting research”. Decisions taken by the Npof can be appealed with the general court. Chapter 1, Section 17 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) states that other suspected deviations from good research practice must be investigated by the university. Hence, a university must investigate all deviations that are not investigated by the Npof.

Reporting of case and investigation

If there is any suspicion that a deviation from good research practice has taken place, this must be reported to the President without delay so that it can be investigated. An inquiry will be initiated in order to create the documentation necessary for the President to be able to take the decision on whether there will be further investigation. The President will take such a decision after a presentation of the case. The person who has been reported will have the opportunity to comment on the documents. The President may take the decision to hand the case over to the Npof that will investigate any malpractice. Alternatively, KTH’s Committee for Investigating Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice will investigate the case, or no further action will be taken.

KTH’s Guidelines on the Management of Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice stipulate how the Committee’s meetings are to be organised. If the KTH Committee has investigated a case, they will state their opinion. This opinion will include whether there has been a deviation and if so, if it is to be considered serious. If it is clear that there has been a deviation and if it is considered serious, the President will then issue a decision. Decisions taken by the President cannot be appealed.

KTH Guidelines on the Management of Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice

National Board for Assessment of Research Misconduct

Contact: forvaltningsjuridik@kth.se

KTH’s Committee for Investigating Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice

Responsibilities and tasks

KTH’s Committee for Investigating Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice investigates cases of deviations from good research practice to have taken place at the University, after notification from the President. The Committee’s responsibilities and duties are outlined in the Guidelines on the Management of Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice regulation.

Composition and term of office

KTH’s Committee for Investigating Suspected Deviations from Good Research Practice consists of three members with scientific competence and one student representative. Two of its members are appointed for a term of four years and are part of the Ethics Committee at KTH . The third member is appointed for each case. The Faculty Council appoints members following consultation with the President. The KTH Committee is assisted by an administrative lawyer with the right to attend the Committee’s meetings and offer opinions and a secretary.

The persons listed below are members of the committee during the term of office that runs from 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2023.

Contact: prodekanus@kth.se

Chair

Employed as professor or associate professor

Student representative

Daniel Medeiros

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