Reasonable standards for career advancement

What is this about?

The Singapore statement specifies that “Research institutions should create and sustain environments that encourage integrity through education, clear policies, and reasonable standards for advancement, while fostering work environments that support research integrity.” (Responsibility #13)

Why is this important?

If the standards for career advancement are not reasonable, this can lead to considerable friction between individual researchers and the research institution. This is not fair to the individual researcher, and by creating resentment, can hamper potential collaboration within a research institution, and can constitute a structural cause for research misconduct.

For whom is this important?

Students, PhD Students, Researchers, Postdocs, Universities

What are the best practices?

The European Code of Conduct (2017) only specifies that “Research institutions and organisations reward open and reproducible practices in hiring and promotion of researchers” but does not specify in what way such open and reproducible practices should also be reasonable.

Two tools

Practices for career development are found here.

Strengthening mechanisms by which early-stage researchers find their way from academia into society are found here.


Hugh Desmond contributed to this theme.

Latest contribution was May 29, 2019