Towards a Research Agenda for Promoting Responsible Research Practices

Joeri K. Tijdink, Serge P. J. M. Horbach, Michèle B. Nuijten, Gareth O’Neill

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This opinion piece aims to inform future research funding programs on responsible research practices (RRP) based on three specific objectives: (1) to give a sketch of the current international discussion on responsible research practices (RRPs); (2) to give an overview of current initiatives and already obtained results regarding RRP; and (3) to give an overview of potential future needs for research on RRP. In this opinion piece, we have used seven iterative methodological steps (including literature review, ranking, and sorting exercises) to create the proposed research agenda. We identified six main themes that we believe need attention in future research: (1) responsible evaluation of research and researchers, (2) the influence of open science and transparency on RRP, (3) research on responsible mentoring, supervision, and role modeling, (4) the effect of education and training on RRP, (5) checking for reproducibility, and (6) responsible and fair peer review. These themes have in common that they address aspects of research that are mostly on the level of the scientific system, more than on the level of the individual researcher. Some current initiatives are already gathering substantial empirical evidence to start filling these gaps. We believe that with sufficient support from all relevant stakeholders, more progress can be made.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-460
Number of pages11
Issue number4
Early online date26 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • authorship
  • conflicts of interest/bias
  • educational research
  • questionable research practices
  • research agenda
  • research ethics
  • research integrity
  • responsible research practices

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