Omitted reference did not meet the criteria of research misconduct (TENK 2022:11)

Researcher A at a research institute suspected that researcher B in the same research group had acted in a misleading manner towards their research community and funders. According to A, B had presented their project to stakeholders, but the presentation was missing a necessary reference.

On the basis of the preliminary inquiry, it was undeniable that B had been guilty of disregard for the responsible conduct of research. B had admitted to having acted carelessly and had started to take corrective action. For these reasons, TENK found that an investigation proper was not necessary.

In its statement, TENK also found that the research institute had carried out the RCR process in accordance with TENK’s guidelines.