Publication ethics: Where are the gaps and how can we address them


This short course, given by dr. Noémie Aubert Bonn, introduces topics of publication ethics and provides ideas on how to increase transparency and openness in science.

Covered topics include authorship, research integrity (plagiarism, duplication, selective reporting), pre-registration, preprints, open access and open data, predatory publishers, publication metrics, and peer-reviewing.

The course comprises two sets of recorded theoretical sessions and two online discussion sessions to answer questions and to reflect upon the materials provided.

There are four editions, with 14 places available per edition.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course, participants will …

  • be aware of the issues affecting scientific publications,
  • understand the limits of current research evaluations using scientific publications as an indicator of success,
  • know of existing resources to increase the integrity of scientific publishing.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • ethics & (research) integrity
    • responsibility
  • intellectual competences:
    • critical judgment
    • conceptual/synthetic thinking
  • academic research competences:
    • publications skills
  • interpersonal competences:
    • stakeholder awareness


For whom?

  • PhD students
  • 14 places available per edition

When and where?

  • 1st edition:
    • March 15, 2021, 09:00-10:30
    • March 22, 2021, 09:00-10:30
  • 2nd edition:
    • March 15, 2021, 11:00-12:30
    • March 22, 2021, 11:00-12:30
  • 3rd edition:
    • March 15, 2021, 15:30-17:00
    • March 22, 2021, 15:30-17:00
  • 4th edition:
    • March 16, 2021, 09:00-10:30
    • March 23, 2021, 09:00-10:30

The recorded theoretical sessions (2 x 1.5h) will be made available one week before each discussion session.

  • The workshop will be organized digitally. If selected to participate, you will receive the necessary details timely.


  • Closed since February 16, 2021.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • If selected to participate, you will be assigned to one of the four editions based on your availability (which you will need to indicate when registering). Please read the confirmation email carefully, to make sure you attend the right session.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'ethics & integrity' - session on ethics/research integrity
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - half a course on transferable skills
  • DS ST: category 'ethics & research integrity' - session on ethics & research integrity

What others say

Thought-provoking course that creates awareness of the issues in scientific publishing and offers a toolbox of resources that enables you to start tackling these issues. Highly recommended!
(participant in 2021)