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Research Integrity

The principles of truth and honesty are considered as fundamental to a community of scholars. The reliability of scientific outcomes can be ensured by a collective dialogue with colleagues and peers. Integrity principles such as proper data management, integrity of authorship, correct citing of peers, mentioning acknowledgements, e.o.  are fundamental for all scientists. The KU Leuven expects both senior and junior researchers to honour these principles, and in so doing, to  protect and maintain the high international recognition of our research and our institution. Therefore, research integrity has become an integral part of the institutional research policy. Our objective is clear: the research at KU Leuven should meet the highest standards and correct scientific behaviour is the norm at KU Leuven.

Prof Liliane Schoofs
Vice Rector of Research Policy


good practices

Profile of a good promotor, good data management, authorship policy, disclosure of COI.

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Research integrity as a culture.
Lecture on Research Integrity.
Online tool LIRIcs.

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definition of misconduct

Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism (FFP) and questionable research practices (QRP).

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handling misconduct

Reports about tentative misconduct are treated by the Commission on Research Integrity.

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