How Uppsala University handles reports of research misconduct

When a report is filed with the University, the Vice-Chancellor is given the information and hands it over to the Board for investigation of misconduct in research. All reports are investigated unless they clearly do not relate to research misconduct, or are clearly unfounded. If this is the case, the Vice-Chancellor decides not to investigate after being presented the case by the chair of the Board.

  1. The researcher who has been reported is notified and an investigation begins. One member of the Board is appointed reporter.
  2. The researcher is invited to submit a statement.
  3. The board may obtain opinions on specific questions from one or more experts, of whom at least one must be at another university. The expert’s task is to analyse certain specific questions that are important to the investigation. During this process, further materials may be requested and collected.
  4. The University may if necessary obtain an opinion from the Central Ethical Review Board, and must always do so if the person who has made the allegation or the person accused requests this, unless it is clearly unnecessary.
  5. When the expert or experts have made their assessment, the person accused of misconduct is given an opportunity to comment on the assessment.
  6. When the investigation has been completed, the Board delivers a written opinion to the Vice-Chancellor who makes the decision.
  7. If the researcher is found guilty of misconduct, the Vice-Chancellor then decides on a process to determine sanctions and disciplinary measures.
  8. When relevant, the journal where the researcher’s study has been published and any funding bodies connected with the research are contacted.

The report of suspected research misconduct and the decision in the case are public documents.