Ethics Group Work

Due: Monday, 19 September 2022, 11:59 PM
This assignment is done in groups. You will get your groups during the course from the course staff. One submission per group is enough.

Please read the material below. Your group should pick either option I or option II. Please write down your findings and comments in a 1-2 pages writing. You can also express your own feelings and ideas. Please include links to the sources you have used.

Read through the Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland, published by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK). The English version is near the end of the booklet. Please also check Aalto's Research ethics for doctoral students page and possibly also other guidelines and sources.

Option I
Pick one topic from this list (1-5):

1.    Plagiarism: forms and avoiding it
2.    Fabrication and falsification
3.    Authorship, who to include in your paper
4.    Rights of research subjects, ethical committee approvals
5.    Agreements between parties before research

Discuss your own experience about good scientific practice within this topic:
•    Is it easy to understand and cope with the topic
•    How do you feel about the rules and conventions regarding your topic
•    How do you plan and conduct your research so that you follow good practice in this area

Option II
Find a case, where misconduct has been suspected. Answer at least some of these questions according to the sources you have found:
•    What type of misconduct was suspected?
•    How did the case seem to differ from good conduct?
•    How were suspicions handled by the scientific institution?
•    Did the way of handling follow the recommendations of TENK, or how did it differ?
•    What kind of consequences, if any, followed?

Write down your observations for each question. Note that our purpose is not to judge the case, you can't know all aspects by just reading about it. Include links to the articles you used or if you examined some original materials.
There are known allegations of misconduct for example in VTT, Finland, by professor Matej Oresic and in Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, by professor Paolo Macchiarini. In the University of Eastern Finland a degree was revoked a few years ago. Some wrongdoing was claimed to be in a Master's thesis of the Finnish presidential candidate Laura Huhtasaari and in both Master's and doctoral thesis of an Austrian minister Christine Aschbacher. You are welcome to use any other case, too. We want to point that these have been allegations and the course staff doesn't claim any of these examples actually being or not being misconduct.

Submission to the Submission box AND the General discussion area

Please submit the exercise to MyCourses and use the pdf file format. Don't forget to mention the names of all group members in your group. One PDF per group is enough. Name the file with the last name of one group member.


Please submit the same text to the "General discussion" area in the Course Information section (at the end of the page), so that everyone can read it. Write plain text (or copy paste) to the discussion area, don't upload files.

Be prepared to present the key points of your group work to the other groups.