Good Scientific Practice

Office of the Ombudspersons of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna to ensure compliance with Good Scientific Practice

The Office of the Ombudspersons of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna is an internal counselling centre for all staff members who have questions regarding the rules of good scientific practice. The ombudspersons can be contacted regarding all issues of good scientific practice. It is their task to examine complaints and have violations investigated further, if necessary.

The Office of the Ombudspersons is an arbitration board. In the case of complaints, the ombudspersons act as mediators. If arbitration is not successful, the responsible ombudsperson can make a statement at the desire of one party involved and forward it to the Vice-Rectorate for Research. The Rectorate/Vice-Rectorate for Research together with the Office of the Ombudspersons decide on a request to the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (Website of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity [Link 1]). Additionally, complainants can also contact the Agency directly with a request.

All requests to the Office of the Ombudspersons are treated as confidential. The person concerned is only contacted with the consent of the claimant. If the Office of the Ombudspersons comes to the conclusion that there are clear grounds for suspecting research misconduct or a breach of regulations, this will be reported to the Vice-Rectorate for Research.

 

Information film "Let’s talk about animal testing"

 

The following film discusses five important questions on animal testing in Austria:

  • Why are animal experiments carried out?
  • What is an animal experiment?
  • How many animals are used in animal testing?
  • In what way are laboratory animals protected?
  • Who is authorised to carry out animal experiments?

Situation June 2016

Responsible for contents: University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

This video was produced with the financial support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy within the commissioned project “A catalogue of criteria to evaluate research proposals including animal testing”.

Sources:

Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) – Animal experiment statistics 2014:

http://wissenschaft.bmwfw.gv.at/bmwfw/ministerium/veranstaltungenpublikationen/publikationen/forschung/statistiken/tierversuchsstatistiken [Link 2]

Statistics Austria – Slaughter and Meat Production in 2015 as well as Slaughter of Poultry in 2015: www.statistik.at/web_de/statistiken/wirtschaft/land_und_forstwirtschaft/viehbestand_tierische_erzeugung/schlachtungen/index.html [Link 3]

 

Research misconduct

Research misconduct refers to:

1. Wilful or grossly negligent provision of false information in a scientific context; the circumstances of the individual case are decisive. The following actions in particular are considered provision of false information:

a) The fabrication of data

b) The falsification of data, for example

  • omitting undesired results without a specification
  • manipulating a representation or mapping

c) Inaccurate statements in a letter of application or in a grant proposal (including inaccurate information on the publication organ or publications in press)

d) False assertions that submitted papers have been review by (certain) experts

e) Advocating the publication of the work of others without having it reviewed

2. The violation of the intellectual property of other scientists; this refers in particular to:

a) The unauthorised use of intellectual property without citing the originator (plagiarism)

b) The use of research approaches and ideas of others, in particular as a reviewer (theft of ideas)

c) The presumption or unfounded acceptance of scientific authorship or co-authorship

d) The unauthorised publication of an opus, an insight, a hypothesis, a school of thought or a research approach as well as making it available for third parties unauthorisedly as long as the author has not yet published it.

3. The intentional or grossly negligent obstruction of the research activities of other scientists as well as careless and unfair attempts to damage the scientific reputation of another scientist

4. Sabotaging research activities (including damaging, destroying or manipulating experiments, equipment, documents, hardware, software, chemicals and other material that another researcher requires to undertake his or her research)

5. The disposal of primary data and the violation of documentation and retention requirements;

(Source: Austrian Agency for Research Integrity: Guidelines for the investigation of allegations of research misconduct)

Definition of research misconduct (Austrian Agency for Research Integrity [Link 4])

 

Ombudspersons

O.Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.vet. Mathias Müller
T +43 1 25077-5620; +43 664 60257-5620
E-Mail to Mathias Müller  [Link 5]

 

Deputies

 

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.vet. Barbara Nell Dipl.ECVO
T +43 1 25077-5332
E-Mail to Barbara Nell  [Link 6]

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.vet. Hans Tillmann Rümenapf
T +43 1 25077-2300
E-Mail to Hans Tillmann Rümenapf  [Link 7]