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Education and training policies for research integrity: Insights from a focus group study

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  • Krishma Labib, VU University Amsterdam
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  • Natalie Evans, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Rea Roje, University of Split
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  • Panagiotis Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens
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  • Andrea Reyes Elizondo, Leiden University
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  • Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner, Leiden University
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  • Ivan Buljan, University of Split
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  • Tine Ravn
  • Guy Widdershoven, VU University Amsterdam
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  • Lex Bouter, VU University Amsterdam
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  • Costas Charitidis, National Technical University of Athens
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  • Mads P. Sørensen
  • Joeri Tijdink, VU University Amsterdam
Education is important for fostering research integrity (RI). Although RI training is increasingly provided, there is little knowledge on how research stakeholders view institutional RI education and training policies. Following a constructivist approach, we present insights about research stakeholders’ views and experiences regarding how research institutions can develop and implement RI education and training policies. We conducted thirty focus groups, engaging 147 participants in eight European countries. Using a mixed deductive-inductive thematic analysis, we identified five themes: (1) RI education should be available to all; (2) education and training approaches and goals should be tailored; (3) motivating trainees is essential; (4) both formal and informal educational formats are necessary; and (5) institutions should take into account various individual, institutional, and system-of-science factors when implementing RI education. Our findings suggest that institutions should make RI education attractive for all and tailor training to disciplinary-specific contexts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience and Public Policy
Pages (from-to)246-266
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

    Research areas

  • CULTURE, RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT, education, institutional policies, research institutions, research integrity, research stakeholders, responsible conduct of research, training

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