Accelerating responsible conduct of research in a multidisciplinary research community

How to foster good research culture in a large research organisation? A research ethics working group describes their principles and recommendations.

Mervi Heikkinen, Anne Keränen, Satu Pitkäaho, Minna Ruddock, Sirpa Aalto, Aki Manninen, Hely Häggman, Minna Soini-Kivari, Antero Metso, Heidi Huttunen, Aija Ryyppö, Pertti Tikkanen, and Riitta Keiski

Based on the experiences in the development and running of a research ethics working group at the University of Oulu, we discuss advances and current challenges in multidisciplinary collaboration and bring forward the concept of ethical response-ability as the key capability in scientific knowledge production.

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Agents of Change in Research Integrity

The important work of research integrity promoters requires an acknowledged formal position and the co-effort of collaborative networks.

Loreta Tauginienė and Inga Gaižauskaitė

To understand how everyone perceives their role at work it is paramount to discuss the meaningfulness of work. Apparently, any work is meaningful in a sense we tailor it.  Similarly, research integrity promoters, acting at national level and, therefore, being in a unique position, carry out their role in a sensitive and responsible way that aligns with what research integrity is about.

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A Portrait of a Whistleblower in Europe

Whistleblowers have various motivations and roles. Mostly they are researchers who suffer from the consequences of research integrity violations, but this is not always the case.

Sanna-Kaisa Spoof

Since 2017, the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has recommended that those involved in research misconduct investigations must be protected.  As the code states,

  • Procedures are conducted confidentially to protect those involved in the investigation, and
  • Institutions protect the rights of ‘whistleblowers’ during investigations and ensure that their career prospects are not endangered.
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