Misconduct in research
The European Code of Research Integrity defines misconduct in research as "fabrication, falsification or plagiarism (the so-called FFP categorisation) when proposing, conducting or reviewing research or reporting research results".
The Swedish law on research fraud (SFS number 2019:504, applicable from 1 January 2020) defines research misconduct as "a serious deviation from good research practice in the form of fabrication, falsification or plagiarism committed intentionally or by gross negligence in planning, conducting or reporting research".
The principal researcher is obligated to report any suspicion of misconduct in research within their own operations.
Questions about misconduct in research shall be examined by the Swedish National Board for Assessment of Research Misconduct (NPOF). The board is national and decides whether misconduct exists or not. Decisions by NPOF can be appealed to the Administrative Court.
Suspicions of misconduct in research can be reported either directly to NPOF (see above) or to Lund University. The notification can be made by one or more persons.
Examination of suspicion of deviations from good research practice other than those handled nationally:
Suspicion of deviations from good research practice other than misconduct in research is investigated at Lund University by the Deviations from Good Research Practice Review Board.
Suspicions of deviations from good research practice other than misconduct in research are reported to Lund University. The notification can be made by one or more persons.
Register by e-mail to:
rektor [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
or by post to:
SE-221 00 Lund
Support for researchers and managers in misconduct cases.
Lund University guidelines
Follow-up and action
See Lund University's guidelines (link above).
Contact at Lund University
Investigator at the University Management Staff in matters of deviation from good research practice:
Jessica Salomonsson Enetoft
avvikelse_god_forskningssed [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
Scientific ombudsman at the Faculty of Medicine:
Per Odin, professor and head of office
Neurology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund
per [dot] odin [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se