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Research Integrity

Aca­demic in­teg­rity, re­spons­ible re­search and ad­her­ence to high eth­ical stand­ards in writ­ing aca­demic pa­pers are among the key prin­ciples which all WU re­search­ers and fac­ulty mem­bers are ex­pec­ted to ob­serve.

WU has a num­ber of meas­ures in place to pre­vent pla­gi­ar­ism, and any cases of sus­pec­ted pla­gi­ar­ism that are de­tec­ted are thor­oughly in­vestig­ated. WU is a mem­ber of the Aus­trian Agency for Re­search (Oe­AWI) and en­dorses the Oe­AWI guidelines for good aca­demic prac­tice. Re­search in­teg­rity is much more than just ac­cur­ate and cor­rect cit­a­tions. It also in­cludes aspects such as:

  • Col­lect­ing primary and ori­ginal data in a way that is clear and trans­par­ent to third parties and fully doc­u­mented

  • No mul­tiple pub­lic­a­tion of the same find­ings without ap­pro­pri­ate refer­ences

  • Giv­ing the names of all people who have con­trib­uted to the re­search res­ults or who have col­lab­or­ated in the draft­ing of re­search pro­pos­als

  • No grant­ing of hon­or­ary au­thor­ships

  • Dis­clos­ing po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­terest

  • Dis­clos­ing the spon­sors or agen­cies who have fun­ded the re­spect­ive re­search pro­ject

To WU, re­search in­teg­rity also means cre­at­ing an at­mo­sphere and en­vir­on­ment where in­teg­rity is seen as a mat­ter of course and where re­search­ers are en­cour­aged to re­port any cases of mis­con­duct that come to their at­ten­tion. In cases of doubt regard­ing mat­ters of aca­demic in­teg­rity, WU em­ploy­ees can con­tact the Sen­ate's Re­search Com­mit­tee. The Com­mit­tee is avail­able to provide ad­vice, sup­port and me­di­ation ser­vices to em­ploy­ees.


The stand­ards of good scien­ti­fic prac­tice, in par­tic­u­lar con­cern­ing the plan­ning, im­ple­ment­a­tion and pub­lic­a­tion of re­search pro­jects, are reg­u­lated in the Dir­ect­ive of the Vice-Rector for Re­search on re­spons­ible re­search and aca­demic in­teg­rity.