Why do I need to do the survey on a device with a keyboard?

The simple reason why the survey requires that the participants use a device with a traditional keyboard is that the survey comprises an Implicit Association Test (IAT). These tests are not supported on most mobile devices such as smartphones.


Data protection

Who is collecting my personal data?

The Umfragezentrum Bonn (uzbonn) – Gesellschaft für empirische Sozialforschung und Evaluation (Bonn Survey Centre - Institute for Empirical Social Research and Evaluation), Oxfordstraße 15, 53111 Bonn, Germany is conducting an online survey among academics in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, focusing on practices of authorship, publication strategies, science communication, and research integrity. uzbonn is working on behalf of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich (SUZ), Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland. The survey is part of the project Social norms, cooperation and conflict in scientific collaborations (CONCISE), which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (S-64408-01-01).

Who can I contact if I have questions, or if I want to use my rights in accordance with the applicable data protection laws (in particular, EU GDPR and Swiss data protection laws)?

For questions about content and methods, you are welcome to contact us at the following email address: wissenschaftsforschung@soziologie.uzh.ch. If you have questions about data protection or wish to assert your rights as an affected person (especially the right to access, rectify or erase details) (see also the section "Which (data protection) rights can I assert?"), please contact the member of staff responsible for data protection in this study, at the following email address: datenschutz@uzbonn.de.

For what purpose is my data being collected?

The objective of the survey of academics is to find out more about practices of authorship, publication strategies, science communication, and research integrity. By taking part, you will be helping to investigate conditions of work and research in the German-speaking academic system. It is important to us to assess the views of all the relevant actors as comprehensively as possible. To achieve this we want to address you individually and send you an email invitation to the survey. This also enables us to ensure that the group of respondents consists solely of actors from the academic system.

How is data protection guaranteed?

Participation in the survey is voluntary. Your privacy and the protection of your data are of the utmost importance to us. All the information you provide will be treated with strict confidentiality, in accordance with the legal provisions for data protection. The email addresses collected will be used solely to conduct the above-mentioned survey by uzbonn and SUZ, and will under no circumstances be passed on to unauthorized third parties. It will therefore not be possible to deduce any information about you personally in the publications. The research data will be used solely for research purposes. The data gathered will only be published in anonymized form. Only authorized project staff will have access to the data. It is possible that the research data may be stored in a data archive accessible for other researchers, but in this case only irreversibly anonymized data will be archived. Before data is shared with selected, authorized individuals, strict checks will be carried out to ensure that no information can be deduced about individuals. Thus the research data will only ever be made available in anonymized form.

Once the data has been irreversibly anonymized, respondents can no longer have their data deleted. After irreversible anonymization it is also no longer possible to reverse a potential linkage with other data sources.

What contact information is available to uzbonn, and where does this come from?

In collaboration with the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), the SUZ has used manual online searching of freely accessible sources to obtain your name, your work email and your academic institution, in order to make contact with you. The search took place solely on the website of your institution.

What is the legal basis for the use of the email addresses?

In this context the SUZ is asserting a legitimate interest, in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, to collect your contact information in order to make contact with you. The SUZ has delegated this process to the social research institute uzbonn, which also asserts legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR as its legal basis, since the conception and implementation of surveys is the core business of a social research institute.

Will my contact information be passed on to the SNSF or third parties, or sent to third countries?

Your contact information will not be shared in any way with uninvolved third parties. Your contact information will be collected solely by uzbonn and the SUZ, will be used to send you links to the questionnaire, and will be deleted once the survey is completed (see also the following section).

When will the contact information be deleted?

In the absence of any agreements to the contrary, the email addresses will be deleted by uzbonn and SUZ after completion of the field phase of the survey (by 30.04.2020 at the latest). If you are not interested in participating in our survey, and inform us by clicking on the respective link in our invitation email or by sending an email, your contact details will be deleted immediately.

What (data protection) rights can I assert?

Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR): You have the right to learn whether personal data concerning you is being processed by us. If this is the case, you have the right to obtain further information about the processing and a copy of your personal data processed by us.

Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR): If we are processing inaccurate personal information concerning you, you have the right to have this data corrected by us. If we are processing incomplete information, you have the right to demand that your data be completed.

Right to erasure ("right to be forgotten") (Art. 17 GDPR): You have the right to demand erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay. Once the data has been irreversibly anonymized, respondents can no longer have their data erased. It is also no longer possible to reverse a potential linkage with other data sources after irreversible anonymization.

Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR): According to Article 18 of the GDPR, you have the right to demand a restriction on the processing of your personal data.

Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR): You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you which you have provided to us for processing. You can also ask us to transfer this data to another responsible person.

Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR): You have the right to submit a complaint to a relevant supervisory authority. For example, to the authority responsible for uzbonn:

Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Westfalen (LDI) (State Officer for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, North Rhine-Westphalia)

Postfach 20 04 44 40102


ph: 0211/38424-0

email: poststelle@ldi.nrw.de

The authority responsible for the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich is:

Datenschutzbeauftragter des Kantons Zürich (Data Protection Officer of the Canton of Zurich)

Beckenhofstrasse 23

CH-8090 Zürich