Here’s a story that’s likely to strike a sour chord with graduate students
A researcher in Italy has lost his 2020 paper, based on work he conducted for his doctoral thesis, after the university claimed that he didn’t have the right to publish the data.
What’s your institution’s policy on the ownership and control of the data from student research? What if it’s as a component of a wider study? Do you do enough to mitigate the risk of disputes and retractions? If you are based in an educational institution, you need more than a 15 minute bit in an omnibus talk about research integrity.
The study, which Minutillo conducted while a medical student at the University of Pavia, was based on data from 48 men and women, of whom 21 were musicians and 27 were non-musicians. (In case you’re wondering: “To be defined as a “musician,” the practice of any musical instrument or voice was required for at least 3 h a week. This practice had to be stable and continued for at least 5 years and the subject had to have been achieved a musical degree.”)