Research integrity

Principles of research integrity include reliability, ethics, reproducibility and transparency. On these pages, you can find information on how the University of Helsinki promotes research integrity.
Open science is about research integrity

Open science promotes the integrity of research. When research data and processes are made open, research work and its results can be more easily reproduced and replicated, which enhances the quality of research.

The University of Helsinki requires that scholarly publications produced at the University are, as a rule, made openly available.

For other research outputs, openness cannot be fully achieved due to reasons of ethics and law. Research data are often discussed by referring to the FAIR principles (findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability), according to which research metadata should be findable even if the data themselves are not openly available.

The FAIR principles also mean that research data are produced by taking into account the interoperability of information systems and the reuse of data.

As open as possible, as closed as necessary.
Sustainable research ethics

Research integrity also means that research work must be undertaken in an ethically sustainable way. Issues of data protection and information security must be taken into consideration.

In addition, research integrity requires that the relevant organisation has a separate process for handling violations of these principles.

Responsible researcher evaluation

The general principles of responsible researcher evaluation are transparency, integrity, fairness, competence, and diversity.

Recommendation for responsible evaluation of a researcher is a part of the Declaration of Open Science and Research.

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