Austrian standards of scientific integrety were widely discussed, especially in times of controversial plagiarism cases. In the end it seemed, that the prominent cases were rather dissolved than resolved. In contrast to Germany, where universities and DFG took a hard line against plagiarism and fraudulent research, the Austrian cases of prominent plagiarism were ether dismissed as non-scientific papers, or refused to take action against, because a self-imposed limitation periode applied. One has to think of the possibility that internationally agreed standards of scientific integrety seem to lack a profound institutionalized grounding in Austria.
On the one hand, most universities and scientific institutions are members of the ÖAWI (Österreichische Agentur für wissenschaftliche Integrität) and agreed on common standards of scientific integrety. But on the other hand these standards are not binding for those institutions. Therefore, even if the commission of the ÖAWI labels cases of scientific misconduct no consequences necesserily derive from that fact.
Austrian scientific institutions are not forced by law or whatsoever to oblige to the standards of the ÖAWI, but can choose to define other standards or let the scientists work on their own ethical guidelines. By doing so there is no binding law or any legilative in Austria that enforces rights of individuals like authors, researchers or schoolars in terms of scientific accountability and the protection of quality standards.
The Austrian Section of Euroscience wants to draw more attantention to the benefits of reliable standards in science and research.
Annual Reports of ÖAWI
Comment on recent cases of plagiarism in Austria by Simone Griesmayr
Interviews and other materials of Gerhard Fröhlich