Research Misconduct

Intellectual integrity and scientific probity form the core of the values shared and promoted by members of the EPFL community.

In order to preserve and enhance this asset, the EPFL has adopted a internal procedure for rapidly dealing with any indication or allegation of scientific misconduct in research.

The main objective of this procedure is to protect the whistleblower (the person who has reported the scientific misconduct) and to protect EPFL from any reports made in bad faith that could be detrimental to the work environment.

How to report on a case of scientific misconduct?

Members of the EPFL community are entitled to make a denunciation concerning scientific misconduct on the part of a member, or group of members, of the EPFL community.

The denunciation should be sent to the EPFL Scientific Ombudsperson:

Winship Herr

Contact: [email protected]

To ensure that EPFL students and researchers cite and reference information sources correctly in their written work, the EPFL Direction issued the Directive 1.3.3 that states clearly and concisely the principles that must be adhered to. The directive also defines the notion of plagiarism, which is the result of failure to respect these principles.

See also the EPFL Library webpage on citation and copyright.

This website is dedicated to students, PhD students, researchers and lecturers. It sets out what should be cited why and how, recalls the rules and provides examples

The EPFL Directive on the procedure to follow in cases of suspected scientific misconduct is available here: LEX 3.3.3.

The procedures used by external bodies at EPFL can be found on their websites (see for example the ETH Board Ombuds Office).


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