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Responsible Conduct of Research 2: Getting Ready for Submission of Manuscripts and Thesis
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5252-23-03-04There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 10/05/2023
PlaceAuditorium Landskab P301
Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C
Date and time24.05.2023, at: 12:15 - 16:00
Regular seats25
ECTS credits1.00
Contact personRCR sekretærgruppe    E-mail address: RCR@ifro.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPeter Sandøe    E-mail address: pes@sund.ku.dk

When submitting a paper or a PhD thesis one is typically confronted with a great deal of responsible conduct of research issues. These are issues on potential plagiarism, open access requirements, data management, authorship issues, documentation of ethical and legal permissions, declaring one’s conflicts of interest, etc. It is not always easy to navigate in these issues, covering a web of different institutions’ expectations, legal requirements, and societal and academic norms. Many PhD students are therefore taken by surprise by these matters on the night before deadline. In this course we therefore guide the PhD student through the most general aspects of these issues as they appear in the process of submitting a paper or a PhD thesis. Furthermore, participation in the course gives access to a pre-screening of the PhD thesis for potential plagiarism prior to submission.

Course purpose
Helping the PhD student to submit, responsibly and successfully, the PhD student’s thesis as well as papers to scientific journals.

Course target
The course is open to all PhD students at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen, and is mandatory for all PhD students enrolled after 1 August 2020 University of Copenhagen. The course is intended for PhD students who expect to submit their PhD thesis within 12 months.

Learning objectives
- Understand what it takes to stay clear of plagiarism and selfplagiarism.
- Understand and interpret the result of iThenticate’s screening for duplicate text.
- Understand and apply relevant legal, scientific and societal norms (of e.g. but not only Responsi-ble Conduct of Research) in regards to the following specific subjects:
* Plagiarism and selfplagiarism
* Open access
* Authorship
* Conflicts of interests
* Ethical and legal permissions
* Data management

Requirements and expectations
Prior to the course the PhD student must have some draft of a paper intended to be submitted to a scientific journal, or (if the PhD student is writing a monography) some draft of a dissertation. The course is intended for PhD students who expect to submit their PhD thesis within 12 months. We recommend that the PhD student has passed the mandatory RCR1 course prior to this course.

Format of the course
4 hours course with teacher presentations and exercises directly aligned with the mandatory as-signment.

Content of the course
- (Self-)plagiarism issues
- Interpretation of iThenticate results
- Open Access issues
- Authorship issues
- Conflicts of interest issues
- Issues relating to ethical permissions
- Data Management issues
- Other issues

The PhD student is given a list of challenges to guide the PhD student’s submission(s) of papers and thesis. The PhD student’s assignment is to fill out a logbook following the list and, for each checkpoint, explain how the PhD student is dealing with the challenge, or how the PhD student intends to deal with the challenge. One week after the course the PhD student submits the log-book to the teacher of the course. Two weeks after submission of the logbook, the PhD student receives a notification of the logbook being approved or not approved. If not approved the PhD student will receive an explanation and be asked to revise and re-submit within two weeks. All exchange of logbooks happens via Absalon and all parts of this assignment are mandatory.
The PhD student has three attempts to pass the assignment. If the assignment is not passed after three attempts, the PhD student must take the course again. Failure to meet a deadline results in a failed attempt.

Participation in this course will be granted 1 ECTS.

Each course has no more than 25 participating PhD students. The course is offered 5-6 times each year.

Course Director and location
Professor Peter Sandøe, Department of Food Resources and Economics and
Department of Veterinary and Animal Science.

The course takes place at Frederiksberg Campus from 12:00 to 16:00

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee.

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