Research Methodology

Already when entering university, future researchers commit themselves to comply with good scientific practice. Yet, many researchers at different career stages often do not know how exactly these are defined. Thus, certain scientific practices have spread that, when viewed critically, should be considered rather questionable. This can range from the exclusion of seemingly inconvenient observations to the falsification of complete data sets; from copying single text passages to stealing entire research ideas; from exploiting positions of power to misappropriating research funds; and many more examples can be found. This workshop pursues two objectives. First, we will discuss case studies to shed light on the diversity of scientific misconduct, but also to explore the gray areas of questionable research practices. In trying to draw the line between good scientific practice and scientific misconduct, it will become clear that this is not always easy. Second, by discussing indicators that may be helpful in assessing the scientific quality of a study, we will look at what separates "good" research from "bad" research. This workshop will, therefore, provide practical guidelines on how to conduct better research and how to avoid common pitfalls when preparing, conducting and writing down your research.

Dr Julia Jerke has been a research fellow at the Institute of Sociology, University of Zürich, since 2016. She studied sociology, psychology and mathematics at the Leipzig University, Germany. Already during her studies, she became interested in research integrity and engaged in research projects on plagiarism among students. In 2014, she became a research fellow at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where she led a project on publication bias in the economic literature. From 2016 onwards, she continued the project at the University of Zürich, from where she also earned her PhD in Sociology in 2020. In her thesis, she worked on a historical account of publication bias in economics and on developing and refining survey methods to study academic misconduct in surveys. Her main research interests focus on survey methods to capture sensitive topics, science studies in general as well as scientific misconduct and publication bias in particular. She is passionate about enhancing integrity in science which becomes visible in her research as well as her teaching. Thus, she has also been offering several introductory courses as well as workshops on among other academic misconduct, research ethics and open science. She is further part of the research team of the Zurich Survey of Academics (ZSoA). The ZSoA is a large-scale web survey on scientists across all disciplines in Austria, Germany and Switzerland that took place from February to April in 2020 and covered topics such as working conditions, social norms in science, research integrity as well as cooperation and conflicts in scientific collaborations. Anyone interested will find regular updates on current survey results, publications and general input on research ethics here: @juliajerke and @SurveyAcademics


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Date: 31st March 2021.

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm (IST)

Participation Certificate will be provided.

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