The online National Survey on Research Integrity (NSRI) is a project focusing on the variability of research integrity of researchers in the Netherlands. News about researchers faking results, cutting corners and having to retract their works often reach the media. What motivates researchers? Are truth, ambition, fame or other ideals important drivers? Do such ideals collide and lead to questionable research questions? The NSRI will shed more light on these questions. The questionnaire will target a large audience of over 30,000 researchers in the Netherlands from several universities and university medical centres. Completing the questionnaire takes 15 minutes and it aims at including a broad range of disciplines, from humanities to particle physics.
Many researchers work in environments that stimulate responsible behavior. However, scholarly environments are also complex and full of competition. Competition can stimulate people to work hard, but may also have downsides. What are optimal scholarly environments? What working conditions are detrimental to good research practices? Fostering responsible research practices and preventing questionable research practices is important. However, the causes behind the variability in engagement in responsible and questionable practices are largely unknown. Once known, strategies to enhance responsible research practices while reducing questionable practices can be tested and adopted. The NSRI attempts to play an important role in solving this puzzle.
PhD Students, Research subjects, Researchers, Research institutions, Junior researchers, Senior researchers
Given the sensitivity of the topic, we pay very close attention to fully ensuring the protection of the identity of the participants and their research institutions. Our privacy protection measures include:
Because of these measures, no data can be analysed or published that can be traced to individual participants or specific research institutions.
The National Survey of Research Integrity (NSRI) is unique in a number of ways:
Sara Behrad contributed to this theme.
Latest contribution was July 1, 2020