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Responsible Conduct of Research 2: Getting Ready for Submission
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3999-24-00-06There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 12/05/2024
Date and time12.06.2024, at: 12:15 - 16:15
Regular seats25
Course fee960.00 kr.
LecturersPeter Sandøe
ECTS credits1.00
Contact personRCR sekretærgruppe    E-mail address: RCR@ifro.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content

”Special rules apply for this course”

1. This course is only for PhD students enrolled at SUND in the second or last year of their PhD Plan. All other applicants will get a rejection.

2. Please note that you will be charged a course fee, if you do not cancel your seat on time. Please read our cancellation policy: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/phd-courses/prices-and-fees/

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 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.

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 mandatory for all PhD students enrolled after 1 August 2020 at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen. The course is intended for PhD students who expect to submit their PhD thesis within 12 months. This course is only for PhD students enrolled at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences and authors with permission to hand in a PhD thesis without prior enrolment at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences. All other applicants will be rejected.

Learning objectives

- Understand what it takes to stay clear of plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

- 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 self-plagiarism
* 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 logbook 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 1.0 ECTS.


Each course has no more than 25 participating PhD students.

Course Directors

Professor Peter Sandøe, Department of Food Resources and Economics and
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Professor, Head of Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences Rikke Buhl

Course teachers

Robin Engelhardt re@ifro.ku.dk

Mads Paludan Goddiksen mpg@ifro.ku.dk


The course takes place at Panum, Blegdamsvej 3b, 2200 Copenhagen N. Class 15.2.15

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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