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Research ethics and promoting the responsible conduct in research consists of both preventing any harm caused to the research subject, and behaviour in the researcher community. These are prerequisites for research to be ethically acceptable and reliable, and for its results to be credible. Applying these guidelines within the research community constitutes a form of self-regulation that is bound by legislation. Furthermore, the responsible conduct of research is an integral part of the quality assurance of research organisations. (You are now in Research integrity pages, if you are interested in research ethics pre-evaluation, you find information from here)

Aalto University has committed itself to follow the guidelines for ethical principles of research in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences as well as the guidelines for responsible conduct of research, both given by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK).  In addition, Aalto Code of Conduct helps us to create a better work environment, protects our reputation, and towards our partners, strengthens our image of being a responsible and reliable organisation.

Each individual researcher and research group member is primarily responsible for complying with the principles of the responsible conduct of research. Nonetheless, the responsibility also rests on the whole research  community. The research community shall by its actions promote the responsible conduct of research.

 

Research integrity: Responsible conduct of research

See the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) on:

 

Research Integrity Adviser Network

If you cannot find help in the above materials, you can discuss with Aalto’s research integrity advisers in a confidential manner. They can for example guide whether to start an official process of handling misconduct (HTK) for which the President of the University is in charge.The research integrity advisers also communicate on research integrity in general, help to prevent scientific misconduct, act as contact persons towards TENK (Finnish Advisort Board on Research Integrity) and in general act as first contact points. They do not make a decision whether scientific misconduct exists or not, nor do they start investigating the cases. The research integrity advisers do not handle issues regarding cheating in studies (see below Ethical regulations regarding studies) not ethical pre-reviews (see below) Preventing any harm caused to the research subject).

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Code of Conduct

The Aalto Code of Conduct summarises the principles of fair play and integrity that govern our activities and sets out guidelines for the kind of behaviour that we expect of each other. It is based on Aalto’s values and establishes a common operational culture.

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You can contact the research integrity advisers in person, via telephone or via email. The advisers are:

 

Preventing any harm caused to the research subject

The research subject has a right to protection of privacy and prevention from additional harm. What ethical review means is advance scrutiny and evaluation of a research plan in the light of the ethical practices generally followed in that particular discipline of science, with special emphasis on preventing any harm that the research or its results might cause to the research subject. A review applies only to precisely defined research configurations. It can be implemented also if the study’s publication forum, financier or an international cooperation partner requests it. Aalto adheres to the guidelines of Ethical review in human sciences (TENK).

Aalto University Research Ethics Committee is responsible for the ex-ante ethical evaluation of  the university´s non-medical research projects in human sciences. The ethical evaluation of medical research projects are handled by the Ethics Boards of  HUS – The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa. HUS, Ethical Boards (in Finnish). Please see also Research-ethical legislation and guidelines (Academy of Finland).

The legislation on personal data protection also needs to be taken into account. See Guidelines on research ethics and personal data in scientific research.

Especially regarding the requirements of research funding bodies you can turn to your School’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) personnel.

 

Ethical regulations regarding studies

Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity and Handling Violations Thereof is given in the Into student portal.

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