The delegation to the scientific integrity of Sorbonne University has a triple mission:

  • to promote a culture of scientific integrity throughout the university, beyond disciplinary differences,
  • to answer the questions of the actors of the research on the scientific integrity,
  • to receive and process reports of breach of scientific integrity.

The concern for scientific integrity extends not only to individual researchers and to all research groups, but also to all facets of research activity: the development of knowledge, its dissemination, the training of students, expertise and evaluation.

The promotion of the culture of scientific integrity involves both communication actions, meaning a dialogue with the directors of research units, doctoral schools and UFRs, and initial and permanent educational activities. It is also encouraged by the implementation of transparent processes.

All staff working within the framework of Sorbonne University that see a breach of scientific integrity have the duty to report it to the delegate by simple mail, either postal or electronic. The Scientific Integrity Delegate guarantees the confidentiality of these reports, including the President of Sorbonne University. No anonymous reports are accepted.

The Scientific Integrity Commissioner works closely with the members of the Commission for Scientific Integrity, composed of colleagues appointed by the President of Sorbonne University.

The delegate for scientific integrity: Anouk Barbarossa

The Process

After receiving a report, and an investigation is necessary, the delegate hears all the protagonists and collects all the available evidence. He or she can also call on outside experts. If people outside Sorbonne University are involved in the reporting, an investigation will be organized with other concerned referents to scientific integrity (from, for example, the CNRS or INSERM). The experts involved sign an “interested party” form, which avoids conflicts of interest, and put in place a confidentiality agreement. On the basis of the conclusions of the experts and their own investigations, the delegate transmits his or her observations and proposals to the President of Sorbonne University, who alone is empowered to take the necessary monitoring and communication decisions.

People who are accused are promptly informed and the presumption of innocence and good faith is guaranteed throughout the investigation. The purpose of the inquiry is to rule on the breach of scientific integrity reported in writing, and concludes with a report to the President of Sorbonne University. If the investigation concludes that there is no breach, the University officially informs the accused.

The scientific integrity delegate of Sorbonne University participates in the network of integrity delegates on the national territory, which was set up following the report drafted by the "Corvol Commission" in 2016 (RESINT). The delegate also participates in international meetings dedicated to the promotion of scientific integrity and the treatment of breaches. The delegate does so in accordance with national and international practices in dealing with breaches of integrity.

An annual activity report is drafted by the delegation to report on its activity.

The Commission members

The Commission for Scientific Integrity is composed of members from the various disciplinary fields of the university and appointed by the President of Sorbonne University:

  • Agnès Dechartres (Faculty of Medicine)
  • Romuald Fonkoua (Faculty of Letters)
  • Emmanuel Fournier (Faculty of Medicine)
  • Paul Indelicato (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Florence Huguenin-Richard (Faculty of Letters)
  • Stéphane Jettot (Faculty of Letters)
  • Stéphane Lemaire (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Thanh Thuy Nguyen Tu (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Frédérique Rolandone (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Pierre Ronco (Faculty of Medicine)

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Updated on 17 SEP 2019