General information

Module title The ethics of science and scientific publishing
Language English
Module lecturer Tomáš Ondrác?ek, PhD
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

The course is aimed at introducing and deepening the understanding of participant about ethical problems in science and scientific publishing. By ethical problems we mean scientific and research misconducts (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism) and by specific problems of scientific publishing, we mean problems connected to publishing and reviewing

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



What are ideals of science?
What are scientific misconducts and why they are troubling? Is this a serious problem?
Can science defend itself from scientific misconducts?
What is fabrication and falsification of data?
What is plagiarism?
How can we characterize parasitism and predatory publishing?
What are main demands for scientific reviews?
When the COI occurs?
How are publishers tested?
Should all scientific research be published?

Reading list

– Ceccarelli, L. (2011). Manufactured scientific controversy: Science, rhetoric, and public debate.
Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 14(2), 195–228.
– Fanelli, D. (2011). The black, the white and the grey areas: Towards an international and interdisciplinary definition of scientific misconduct. Promoting research integrity in a global environment,
– Resnik, D. B. (2005). The ethics of science: An introduction. Routledge.
– Stroebe, W., Postmes, T., & Spears, R. (2012). Scientific misconduct and the myth of self-correction
in science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7 (6), 670–688.