Values and Principles
The University of Basel expects its researchers to conduct themselves with scientific integrity. On suspicion of any breach of sound scientific practice, researchers will be asked to contact the relevant faculty confidant or University Integrity Ombudsman.
Integrity and misconduct in sciences
The Regulations for Good Practice in Research of the University of Basel define the procedures to be followed in the event of any misconduct.
The below-listed faculty members are responsible for advising on matters of academic integrity. They accept reports of suspected misconduct, pass them on to the University Integrity Ombudsman and provide information on the integrity procedure.
- Faculty of Theology:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heuser
- Faculty of Law:
Prof. Dr. Sabine Gless
- Faculty of Medicine:
Prof. em. Dr. Jürg Schifferli
- Faculty of Humanities:
- Prof. Dr. Alexander Honold
- Faculty of Science:
Prof. Dr. Jennifer Keiser
- Faculty of Science:
Prof. Dr. Olivier Potterat
- Faculty of Business and Economics:
Prof. Dr. Peter Kugler
- Faculty of Psychology:
- Prof. Dr. Andreas Papassotiropoulos
- University Integrity Ombudsman:
Dr. Jeremy Stephenson, former president of the criminal court of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (until 31.12.2019)
Dr. Heiner Wohlfahrt, former president of the appeals court of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (from 1.1.2020)
Misuse potential and biosecurity in life sciences research
Life scientists from Swiss academic institutions exchanged their views on the misuse potential of biological research and on ways to address it. From this the report from the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) on dual use research has been developed.
Animal welfare plays a major role at the research institutions of the University of Basel and is governed by the principles adopted at the 2013 Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS). Animal experiments are performed because they are indispensable. However, they are performed under the best possible conditions for the animals. This is ensured through inspections performed by the university as well as the canton. Wherever possible, alternatives to animal experiments that adhere to the 3R principle are employed: reduce, refine, replace.
The principles adopted by CRUS apply in their entirety to the University of Basel.
The CRUS principles are based on the Basel Declaration, which undertakes to implement ethical principles in biomedical research wherever animals are used for research purposes. The trust in biomedical research using animal experiments should be strengthened, and communications should be transparent and open.
Authorship in scientific publications
In the case of scientific publications, it is important to set out clear rules concerning claims to authorship and the order of authors. In this respect, the University of Basel adheres to the requirements put forth by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, which published the brochure Authorship in scientific publications – Analysis and recommendations in 2013.
Indication of affiliations in scientific publications
When indicating your affliation in a scientific publication please make sure that you always include "University of Basel" as a separate entity within the address field. This ensures that your publication will be correctly attributed to our university in bibliometric analyses. For further details please consult the guidelines in German.
Guidelines for Recusals in University Committees
In order to avoid conflicts of interest, the guidelines concerning recusal in university committees, in particular appointment and selection committees, were issued.