Advisory opinions

This is a list of short summaries of advisory opinions. The list also includes decisions. In these cases, LOWI has declared the petition inadmissible. It has therefore not examined the substance of the petition and has not issued an advisory opinion.
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  • Advisory opinion 2022-13
    Breeders complain about commission research. CWI and LOWI judge that animal scientists have not violated any standards from the code of conduct. Whether there are methodological errors or 'bad science' are points of substantive discussion that belong in the scientific debate. Not in a complaints procedure where scientific integrity is concerned.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-12
    Petitioner has violated the code of conduct by violating the principle of due care. In the amended research proposal, Petitioner relied heavily on the Interested Party's previous research proposals and ideas. Petitioner should not have done so in this way. In view of Petitioner's position and experience, this qualifies as questionable behaviour.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-11
    Spoiled PhD trajectory. Former PhD student has violated scientific integrity and exhibited questionable behavior with regard to, among other things, co-authorship. LOWI advises to provide feedback to the CWI that an accused scientist must in future be heard orally.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-10
    Petitioner complains about information on the WUR website that he believes is misleading. The information shows the context and scope of a particular line of research. CWI rightly declared the complaint inadmissible because the code of conduct does not apply. See also 2021-15 and 2022-09.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-09
    This case was about a statement on the Covid-19 virus that was published in the Correspondence-section of a renowned scientific journal. No violation of research integrity. See also 2021-15.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-08
    The PhD candidate has not been recognized appropriately by the Interested parties in the grant application. One of them is the promoter. The Interested parties have not acted with sufficient care. Communication should also have been more transparent. No violation of scientific integrity.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-07
    Scientist is removed from project after Twitter message and complains about it. The LOWI sees insufficient leads to test this behavior against the code of conduct. The fact that the Petitioner was expelled from the project falls outside the scope of the code of conduct and there is a labor dispute.
  • Decision 2022-06
    LOWI will not (further) consider the petition due to the petitioner's violation of the duty of confidentiality. Besides: acting as a scientific advisor in itself can be scientific practice to which the code of conduct applies, but in this case it’s not.
  • Decision 2022-05
    From a research integrity perspective, there is in principle no obligation for scientists to actually publish research that they have conducted.
  • Advisory opinion 2022-03 and 04
    The shortcomings in this case cannot be regarded as accidental errors. However, wilful misconduct has been ruled out and therefore there is no violation of research integrity. The actions of the scientists were careless, and in one specific case reproachable. Furthermore LOWI notices that complaints procedures are legalizing and considers this not a positive development.