Lund University is a member of LERU

(League of European Research Universites)

Research Integrity Policy Group

The Research Integrity Policy Group is composed of directors of research offices/services, researchers, lawyers. The activities of this group are guided by the steering group.

The Research Integrity Policy Group discuss issues for example
*proper regulations for research data and open science,
*peer review and the editorial process,
*presenting ones work to the public, practitioners and other users,
*whistle blowing (procedures, structures, protection etc), integrity in relation with digitalization in Academia.

The group developed a paper on what universities could do to improve research integrity. Proposal submitted for a seminar on preventing research misconduct.

At the meeting 13 Nov 2019 the following were discussed
-Data Provenance Reviews and Agreed Upon Procedures (Marion Boland, Science Foundation Ireland)
-LERU’s Open Science Implementation Plan (Ton Hol, Utrecht University)
-TCD situation re Research Integrity (Trinity College Dublin)

The LERU Research Integrity Policy Group works to facilitate the sharing of experience and good practice among LERU members and to advise the Vice-Rectors Research on matters related to research integrity (the responsible conduct of research), and in relation to policy development and advocacy.

The LERU Research Integrity Policy Group is reflecting upon key issues and possible actions for LERU policy development and advocacy, in the Ethics and Research Integrity sector primarily at the European Commission.

Seminar on Culture of Responsible Research in the Era of Open Science 24-25 May
The Group is organising a seminar 24-25 May 2018 at the University of  Geneva on the theme Nurturing a Culture of Responsible Research in the Era of Open Science. The seminar is open to anyone from a LERU university with an interest in the topic.

It is starting around 2pm on 24th May and finishing at around 4pm on the afternoon of 25th May. The seminar will cover:

  1. Institutional framework and responsibilities: Facing Open Science’s challenges and assuring quality of research (creating an environment of trust vs accountability issues, data mining, dangers and challenges of Big Science, protecting privacy, dealing with Intellectual Property Rights etc.)
  2. Role, responsibilities and strategies of Funding Agencies (governance issues, setting a system of prevention and sanction etc.)
  3. Setting the « right » support system for researchers: How to support and improve data management so that researchers can live up to responsible research practices and open science.
    If you have suggestions of case studies of the issues above please contact Laure Ognois.

The Research Integrity Group collected information from LERU members on topics as a comparison of codes of conduct among members, procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, authorship and training. Through this group LERU provided input to the revision of the European Code (ALLEA/ESF) in August 2016.  And is now working with the policy and the new Allea code.

In the summer 2016 LERU have sent comments to All European Academies (ALLEA) for the revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. This constitutes LERU’s input into the first stage of the process. LERU research integrity expert group and the steering group of the LERU Vice-Rectors Research have been involved in producing this paper.
ALLEA Request to LERU 2016 June
LERU input to the revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity_August 2016_final

A LERU Research Integrity Forum will be organised 8 – 9 March 2016 hosted by Lund University. The theme is “Ways to foster research integrity and good research practice”. This working Conference is aimed at discussions within the expert group and the LERU Vice-Rectors for Research.
More information:
LERU Research Integrity Forum Lund 8 – 9 March 2016 workshop/

The group work has focused on comparison of codes of conduct among members, procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, authorship and training.

The expertise that exist at LERU universities can with great advantage be used by members as a resource when needed and as a platform for networking and information Exchange. LERU has established a pool of research integrity contacts and experts at the member universities.

Research Integrity is at heart issue for LERU: Europe needs ongoing efforts

LERU universities care deeply about the integrity with which research in Europe, indeed world-wide, is designed, reviewed, carried out and reported. LERU would welcome further support for universities and other research organisations to share good practice, to further develop information and training and to take positive steps to foster integrity.

LERU Press release, Europe needs ongoing efforts to promote research integrity 2015_09_28_

LERU oppose any EU initiatives that would lead to heavy-handed steering, more regulation or punitive measures for universities. The starting point for the Commission should be to document and publish what steps the Member States (including their principal research organisations) have taken to foster research integrity, encourage discussion and learning across Europe, and help those Member States that have less experience or less well-developed research integrity policies and advisory services.