Responsible Conduct of Research - Year 2 - ONLINE (2023-I)

--- This edition is online for PhD candidates that aren't able to travel to Utrecht, e.g. because they live abroad. Other editions are organised at Utrecht Science Park. ---

Target audience

Compulsory course for all GSLS PhD Candidates whose PhD tracks start from 1 September 2020 onwards.
Open for registration to all other GSLS PhD Candidates.
This course is the second part out of a series of four, which is introduced as compulsory training for PhDs at Utrecht University. You can find more information about the full training here.

Course description

Being a scientist is complicated. You have to deal with responsibilities towards your colleagues, your profession, science in general and society. On top of that, you have to perform state of the art research providing thrilling results and new insights for the life sciences.
This course aims to create awareness of relevant issues in your academic publishing practice and ways to approach them. You will develop insights that can help you on your route to becoming a responsible researcher by completing an E-module. Next, you will engage in meaningful discussions with an international group of PhD candidates during the plenary meeting at the end of this course.

This course is about integrity in academic publication: authorship and peer review. We will focus on these 3 themes:
1) Authorship – who qualifies, order, publication strategy.
2) Academic publishing – FFP and retraction, predatory journals, dilemma’s and grey areas.
3) Reviewing – peer review types, a constructive review.

Learning objectives

You learn how to be or become a good author and fair reviewer. Our aim is to stimulate you to become aware of relevant issues in your academic publishing practice and ways to approach them from a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) perspective.

Instructional method

You will first complete the E-module “Integrity in academic publication: authorship and peer review” via the ULearning portal. Next, you will participate in an one-hour physical plenary session in which you discuss several tasks performed in the E-module guided by the trainer.


Marcel van der Heyden is associate professor in the department of Medical Physiology at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Currently, his research focus is on cardiac potassium ion channel pharmacology and ion channel trafficking related to cardiac arrhythmia. Marcel teaches and writes on scientific integrity and is member of several advisory panels on this subject. He is associate editor on four peer review physiology journals. Marcel is a passionate teacher of physiology, scientific publishing and research integrity.

Group size         

50 participants

Number of credits                                 

0.15 EC

Course schedule

You will first complete the E-module “Integrity in academic publication: authorship and peer review” via the ULearning portal. The organizer (department of Medical Physiology) will contact you about the ULearning platform. You have 3 weeks to complete the E-module (~4 hours of work). You have to complete the E-learning before the plenary session.

Important note: you have until 5 days before the start of the plenary session, to gain access to the e-learning module. If you won’t be able to get access, the cancellation and no show policy of the GSLS (that was also shared with you in the confirmation mail) will be applicable. You will be charged a no show fee and can’t attend the plenary session. So make sure to get access in time.

Opening E-learning


One-hour physical plenary session (location Online)


Course certificate                                

You will receive a course certificate after actively participating the E-Learning and the plenary session.

Cancellation and No-show policy

This course is free for GSLS PhD candidates. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Once you have signed up for a course, we expect you to attend. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. This is our policy:

  • You may cancel free of charge up to 4 weeks before the start of the course. After this date you can only cancel if you have a GSLS PhD candidate to replace you in the course. Send the name and contact information of your replacement to, at least 2 working days before the start of the course;
  • We expect that you actively attend the full course. It is mandatory to complete the E-module and to attend the plenary session;
  • Not meeting the above requirements means you will be charged a no-show fee (€ 50). We will send the invoice after the course has ended. We are unable to make any exceptions, unless you have a valid reason (i.e., illness or death in the family 1st/2nd degree or partner). Your supervisor has to send an e-mail to indicating the reason.

Unfortunately we don’t offer this course for participants not part of the GSLS. Our courses tend to be fully booked by GSLS PhD candidates.

Start date and time
End date and time
E-Learning and Online
Entrance fee
This course is free for GSLS PhD candidates.

Registration for this course opens 2 months before the course start. You can register via our course portal. After opening, the portal shows how many spots are still available.

More information
PhD Course Centre