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Research Quality

European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The Johannes Kepler University Linz is proud to officially recognize and support the European Charter for Researchers. The Charter is a recommendation by the European Commission to support the development of an attractive, open and consistent European job market for researchers. During a meeting on November 18, 2010, the JKU Rectorate unanimously agreed to officially support the Charter for researchers and will recognize the code of conduct for the employment of researchers:

The implementation of the Charter is an integral component in JKU’s strategic planning and the realization of research at the JKU. In order to effectively comply with the charter’s key points, the JKU’s strategic plan includes planned programs and an intent focus on the following areas: Science and research, education in quality attributes, internationalization, socio-political responsibility and agendas for the advancement of women as well as policies in support of equal opportunity.

Guidelines to Ensure Good Academic and Scientific Practices

An additional focal point is the area of quality assurance and management in research. This area is currently under construction. Guidelines to assuring correct and accurate scientific procedures and practices at JKU can be found on our homepage.

Basic Information

Quality management control and evaluation procedures have a long standing tradition at universities: post-doctoral and tenure procedures set the bar very high in order for individuals to pursue an academic career (and are considered one of the most extensive, complex, rigorous and prestigious instruments of quality assurance developed thus far developed within a sector of society).

Many research projects endure demanding evaluation procedures, beginning with official appraisal procedures conducted by sponsors before making funding decisions (the evaluations are very often conducted by international evaluators), then proceeding to various evaluations made during the course of the project, all the way to submitting an article regarding the research results to be published in an internationally recognized journal. All of these steps ensure considerable and extraordinary measures of quality assurance.

The 2002 Universities Act gave Austrian universities the opportunity and the obligation to position and profile their autonomy in research and teaching. The JKU must also focus on its profile formation and ensure funding, the visualization of excellence and quality in research.

Comprehensive quality management in research is currently being established at the JKU. Here are the two main principles:

Create Knowledge

Academic and scientific excellence starts with each individual researcher's accomplishments and performance. On his or her own accord, each researcher should be able to actively conduct high ambitious research. A balanced assessment of achievements by all employees (such as in the field of teaching, performing administrative tasks and commissional duties, performance by non-academic staff) should serve as motivation to achieve these goals.

All of the institutes benefit from each individual achievement. As a responsible, technically defined, operational center of academic and scientific life, the scientific community subjects them to quality and performance assurance as well as ensuring the goals set by the Rectorate are attained.

Each institute is responsible for qualitative and balanced knowlege and performance assessments. By expanding quality assurance in research, the institutes should have the tools they need to achieve objectives, set measures in support of effective testing, and provide support in the area of research funding.

Demonstrate Excellence

The issue of assessing the quality of academic/scientific achievements are as old as science itself. At the moment, academic institutions enjoy the attention of demonstrating excellence at a university by vying for a top spot in the rankings. Just how important these figures and rankings are have also always been a subject of international debate.

The JKU has proven it can conduct top-notch research. Among other factors, the following criteria shows:

  • Positive evaluation of individual subjects areas or institutes, research projects or project applications through international expert assessors.
  • High ranking academic awards by JKU researchers.
  • Publications in scientific and academic journals that have a great impact factor.
  • Large number of competence centers.
  • A large number of successful patent registrations.
  • Large share of third-party funding as part of the overall budget.