RIHS Scientific Integrity

The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences believes scientific integrity is the basis of science itself. Scientific results are useless when their validity or sources are questionable.

Our Institute's Principals of Good Scientific Practice can be found here.

Scientific integrity is the backbone of research. Integrity is breached if, e.g., research data are falsified or manipulated, if the researcher intentionally misleads colleagues or other stakeholders, or if Intellectual Property Rights are exploited improperly. But a breach of integrity may be much more subtle than this. Researchers within the RIHS are responsible for keeping up a high standard of integrity, and consequently the reputation of RIHS, the Radboud University (RU) and Radboudumc.

To this end, several reports and guidelines have been issued. The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice by the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) was adopted by the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Radboudumc (available in NL or EN).

The Federa (Federation of Dutch Medical  Scientific Societies) COREON ('COmmissie REgelgeving ONderzoek') developed the Code for Proper Secondary Use of Human Tissue ('Code Goed gebruik') and the Code of Conduct for the Use of Data in Health  Research ('Code Goed gedrag').

The Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) installed the National Body for Scientific Integrity (LOWI) which serves as an advisory panel for Executive Boards of universities where suspected breaches in integrity have occurred.

To evaluate suspected breaches, the Radboud University itself issued a special regulation on scientific integrity (NL, EN). The present regulations apply both to any research performed at the Radboud University Nijmegen and to any scientific research performed at the Radboudumc.

Claims of a suspected breach of integrity can be discussed with a confidant. Prof. Gerhard Zielhuis and Prof. Hannie Kremer function as contact persons for both RIHS and RIMLS. PhD candidates can also choose to contact their mentor.

The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences organizes a course Scientific Integrity that is mandatory for all 2nd year PhD candidates.