What constitutes expertise in research ethics and integrity?

Robert Braun , Tine Ravn, Elisabeth Frankus

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In this paper we reflect on the looming question of what constitutes expertise in ethics. Based on an empirical program that involved qualitative and quantitative as well as participatory research elements we show that expertise in research ethics and integrity is based on experience in the assessment processes. We then connect traditional concepts of expertise as “improved performance” with deliberate practice activities and, based on our research findings, show that ethical assessment experience is a form of deliberate practice. This in our view has further ramifications in the design and recruitment processes of ethical assessment units performing research ethics and integrity assessment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Ethics
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Research ethics and integrity
  • consensus conference
  • deliberate practice
  • experience
  • expertise


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