Research integrity

Scientific research is legitimated by the quality of its execution. Different stakeholders (citizens, government, industry, social midfield, …) count on scientific research for objective and nuanced knowledge accumulation of the highest quality. As one of the leading research institutions, Ghent University puts in efforts every day to maintain, improve and refine the quality demands of research. Therefore quality enhancement is pivotal. Research integrity is an important element of this quality assessment.

Ghent University sensitizes its researchers and supports them through:

  • sharing knowledge and expertise on the concept of 'research integrity' and related topics
  • a diverse range of training courses in the different phases of their careers, with attention for their task as trainer/teacher
  • numerous concrete applications such as an elaborated policy on research data management, guidelines for authors and the recognition of contributions to scientific publishing, etc.
  • a support network for the handling of questions and complaints with a Commission for Research Integrity as the central body
Researchers at Ghent University have access to a specific section on the intranet for further information and advice.

Commission for Research Integrity

Guarding research integrity is necessary. Judging if issues of research integrity have been violated is a difficult task. Therefore, in 2010 the Board of Governors established a Commission for Research Integrity (CWI).

In case of questions and/or doubts, you can always contact the secretariat of the Commission for Research Integrity without any obligation and in confidence.

In case of a complaint, an investigative commission of the CWI determines whether or not there has been a violation of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (ALLEA Code), leading international codes endorsed by Ghent University and/or against the guidelines that apply to the institution and are related to research integrity (publication policy, possible (faculty) authorship guidelines, charter for PhD students and their supervisors, etc.). 

Anyone can report a (suspicion of) violation of research integrity or fraud.

Ghent University - Research Department
Commission for Research Integrity
c/o Rita Cortvrindt
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
09 264 95 59

Second opinion?

If you’re not satisfied with the processing of your complaint by the CWI of Ghent University, you have the opportunity to ask for a second opinion with the Flemish Commission for Research Integrity (VCWI). Please note that this is not an appeal procedure.

Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten

c/o Bert Seghers

Paleis der Academiën, Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussel

02 550 23 32