How can research institutions support responsible supervision and leadership?

Daniel Pizzolato, Krishma Labib, Niko Skoulikaris, Natalie Evans, Rea Roje, Panagiotis Kavouras, Noémie Aubert Bonn, Kris Dierickx, Joeri Tijdink

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Supervisors, PhD candidates and research leaders are expected to be the primary persons responsible for maintaining a high research integrity standards. However, research institutions should support them in this effort, by promoting responsible supervision and leadership practices. Although it is clear that institutions play a crucial role in this, there is a lack of institutional guidelines focusing on these topics. The development of the experience-based guidelines presented in this article consisted of a multi-step, iterative approach. We engaged 16 experts in supervision and research integrity in four workshops to co-create institutional guidelines for responsible supervision and leadership. To revise the guidelines and make them operational, we formed a dedicated working group and consulted experts in the field of supervision. This resulted in three guidelines focusing on what institutions can do to support: responsible supervision, PhD candidates during their PhD trajectory, and responsible leadership. The recommendations focus on the rights and responsibilities of the three targeted stakeholder groups, and institutions’ responsibilities for the personal development and well-being of supervisors, PhD candidates and research leaders. The three guidelines can be used by institutions to foster responsible supervision and leadership by supporting researchers to conduct research with integrity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-195
Number of pages23
JournalAccountability in Research
Issue number3
Early online date24 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2024


  • PhD candidates
  • PhD trajectory
  • Supervision
  • guidelines
  • institutional responsibilities
  • leadership
  • research integrity

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