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  • 25 Jan 2018 13:25 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)

    The HEADT Centre team is currently creating and implementing a comprehensive database with images from retracted scientific publications (“Image Integrity Database”, or short: “IIDB”). The aim is to produce a searchable database for researchers worldwide who want to learn more about the nature of inappropriate image manipulation. The database offers a test set of images for scholars who are working on the development of image manipulation detection algorithms or image analysis tools to facilitate an automated screening of images in publications.

    The plan is to produce a structured database, which allows assessing images from retracted publications on an individual case level. For each image case there will be a full package of associated data that allows a better understanding of the complexity of such cases, such as links to RetractionWatch or PubPeer, links to the original article or to retraction notices, information about the authors and teams, the journals and the academic fields, and more.

    Often evaluating image manipulation requires a broad investigation that goes beyond a computational analysis of pixels in an image, and involves an investigation into individual routines and practices, workflows and standards and community guidelines, as well as an evaluation of the larger ecology in which such cases occur. The database provides all available data to facilitate a more thorough understanding of the phenomenon.

    One crucial element for the automated detection of image manipulations is to provide access to the original image data. Very often images in publications are only accessible in the form of pdf’s with reduced quality, which normally are the result of selection and sometimes even excessive editing.

    The HEADT Centre team hopes to establish partnerships with publishers to include original image data wherever available and possible. For legal reasons the database may first be made accessible to restricted group of collaborators participating in further development, before it will be made accessible to a larger audience.

    For more detailed information on the project or to keep in touch, please visit our blog again or simply leave a message.

  • 14 Jul 2017 13:21 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)


    the fourth image flyer with backside….


  • 14 Jul 2017 13:20 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)


    a third motif…

  • 14 Jul 2017 13:19 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)


    a second motif …

  • 14 Jul 2017 13:15 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)


    This is a first set of image flyers Thorsten Beck from the research integrity group produced for HEADT Centre outreach purposes.

  • 14 Jul 2017 13:14 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)

    On July 12, Michael Seadle and Thorsten Beck from the HEADT Centre research integrity group organized an education and learning event with doctoral students from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The aim of the workshop was to introduce participants to aspects of plagiarism, data fraud and image manipulation. We discussed in depth a grayscale model that supports decision-making processes when analyzing and judging plagiarism.


    In the discussion, students were eager to learn about potential tools that may facilitate preventing plagiarism in their dissertations and about how university committees make their decisions. It became reasonably clear that by far not all cases that cause trouble can be judged as plagiarism, but occasionally occur due to errors. Participants of the workshop had a background in the humanities, such as history and social sciences as well as library and information science.

  • 14 Jul 2017 13:11 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, July 12 the HEADT Centre opened its doors for the first HEADT Centre Summer Reception. About thirty invited guests from different fields and with various professional backgrounds joined the event, which was organized to offer an opportunity for discussion and exchange with regard to the topic of scholarly integrity.



    Among our guests, we welcomed representatives from integrity commissions at universities in Berlin, from agencies of oversight, from science intense industries as well as publishing houses and of course many friends and colleagues from institutes at our university.

    The summer reception was the first of a series of events that will be held to establish networks and support collaborations among researchers and professionals in the Berlin region and beyond.

  • 20 Jun 2017 13:10 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)

    This new video introduces to aspects of measurement when it comes to research integrity violations.

  • 18 Apr 2017 13:08 | Thorsten Beck (Administrator)

    Here is the HEADT Centre’s new YouTube infomercial that introduces to aspects of plagiarism.

  • 18 Apr 2017 11:39 | Melanie Rügenhagen (Administrator)

    Elsevier and CWTS published a report on data sharing with the title “73% of Academics Say Access to Research Data Helps Them in Their Work; 34% Do Not Publish Their Data”. The article is available here.

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