Scientific Integrity

Within Erasmus University Rotterdam, everyone involved in education and research is responsible for maintaining our scientific integrity. Compliance with the general principles of a professional scientific approach is required at all times.

The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice elaborates these principles, which are also recognised by the EUR and apply as guidelines for the university.

  • The National Board for Research Integrity (LOWI) advises on complaints relating to violations of scientific integrity. The LOWI only handles complaints about which the institute has already made a decision. (Regulations LOWI in Dutch only)

Scientific research confidential advisor

You can contact the scientific research confidential advisor, professor Patrick Groenen with questions concerning scientific integrity, suspicion of violation of scientific integrity or misconduct. The advisor can be reached via Riëtte te Lindert Msc, secretary: coordinator.scientificintegrity@remove-this.eur.nl of (010) 408 8805

Scientific Integrity Committee

The Scientific Integrity Committee handles complaints concerning violation of Scientific Integrity by an employee of EUR. Anyone is entitled to submit a complaint to the committee, whether or not via the Executive Board or the confidential advisor.

The chair of this Committee is professor Muel Kaptein.
You can contact professor Kaptein via the secretary, Riëtte te Lindert, MSc: riette.telindert@remove-this.eur.nl or (010) 408 8805

Scientific Integrity Coordinator

The Executive Board has appointed Dr. Clemens Festen as Scientific Integrity Coordinator.

A proposal for additional scientific-integrity-related activities, based on many conversations with members of the organisation, has been prepared.

These activities are designed to further support the implementation of the recommendations made by EUR’s Scientific Integrity Taskforce and to promote scientific integrity in general.

 The activities include the following:

- Scientific integrity training for academic staff and PhD students

- Continuous administrative and managerial focus on scientific integrity

- Infrastructure for data storage and data analysis (cf. Research Matters)

- Reference check / plagiarism scan of dissertations (procedure)

- Ethical research consultancy

Your suggestions for the further promotion of scientific integrity can be sent to: coordinator.scientificintegrity@remove-this.eur.nl

Dilemma Game Scientific Integrity

Besides the existing general dilemma game, the EUR has developed a dilemma game specifically focused on professionalism and integrity in research.

The dilemma game ‘Professionalism and integrity in research’ has meanwhile become part of the standard training in academic integrity for PhD students and researchers. The game brings to light many of the frequently occurring dilemmas and invites academic staff to discuss these among themselves.

The dilemma game is available to all faculties, but there is also an online version, see link at the bottom of this page.

Data management- and storage

Experience in past years had made it clear that data management and storage are crucial for acting with scientific integrity. The task force’s recommendations consequently focus on this aspect. The principal recommendation is the creation of a structure for data management and storage for which working processes and protocols will be drawn up along with definitions of minimum standards for the different research methods. Responsible data management and storage are part of professional practice and not an added extra. Support and training are being organised for one thing in the form of the advice of experts for academic staff, relevant websites, and storage and back-up facilities.