18764 Pre-examiners and opponent in Health Sciences

Pre-examiners

When appointing the reviewers, issues challenging their impartiality due to likelihood of bias, which are listed in administrative legislation (i.e.,434/2003, §27-28), are taken into consideration.

  • The supervisor of the doctoral dissertation may not be appointed as its preliminary reviewer.
  • The preliminary reviewer may not be a co-author in any of the publications included in the doctoral thesis.
  • The preliminary reviewer may not have been involved in close or recent collaboration with the supervisor or the doctoral researcher in the field of the research topic.
  • A person who has had joint scientific publications or research projects in the field of the research topic with the doctoral researcher or his/her supervisor within the past five (5) years or who is otherwise considered incompetent due to the likelihood of bias, may not be appointed as a preliminary reviewer of the doctoral dissertation.

According to legislation (434/2003, 28§), an office-holder is incompetent if confidence on his/her impartiality is endangered for some other specific reason. If there is a possibility that the proposal is open to interpretations, a further clarification must be submitted to the Dean.

Opponent

When appointing the reviewers, the issues challenging their impartiality due to likelihood of bias, which are listed in administrative legislation (i.e., 434/2003, §27-28), are taken into consideration.

  • The post of the opponent must be outside the University of Eastern Finland.
  • The opponent may not be a co-author in any of the publications included in the doctoral thesis.
  • The person appointed as the opponent may not have been involved in close or recent collaboration with the supervisor or the doctoral researcher in the field of the research topic.
  • A person who has had joint scientific publications or research projects in the field of the research topic with the doctoral researcher or his/her supervisor within the past five (5) years or who is otherwise considered incompetent due to the likelihood of bias may not be appointed as an opponent.

According to legislation (434/2003, 28§), an office-holder is incompetent if confidence on his/her impartiality is endangered for some other specific reason. If there is a possibility that the proposal is open to interpretations, a further clarification must be submitted to the Dean.