Mapping of the European Research Integrity Landscape
The focus of this project is on the different national institutional structures for research integrity in the member countries of ENRIO (European Network of Research Integrity Offices).
In Europe, different national institutional structures for research integrity exist. These mainly differ in being legally or voluntarily based; and having national bodies with either decision-making authority or acting as mediator only or acting as advisory body only. Countries may additionally have committees in research performing organizations (RPOs) and/or national research funding organizations (RFOs) with their own investigating and decision-making authority, covering research misconduct allegations regarding studies they perform or fund, respectively. There are also countries in which these are the only committees. Last, there are countries lacking any of the foregoing structures for handling allegations of research misconduct.
Our study maps, analyses and compares these various structures in Europe. Our objectives are 1) providing an overview of these various structures in 24 European countries; 2) designing a checklist for countries to use in evaluating and revising its national arrangements within its structures, and 3) answering comparative questions in view of harmonizing national structures in handling research misconduct allegations.
Most important information sources for this study are the country reports of the member states of ENRIO and its underlying reports, laws, decisions in the field of research integrity (www.enrio.eu/country-reports) and the results of recent EU Horizon 2020 projects in the field of Research Integrity ENERI (www.eneri.eu), PRINTEGER (www.printeger.eu), DEFORM and the Mutual Learning Excercise on Research Integrity (LINK). We will also use preliminary results from still ongoing Horizon 2020 Projects such as EnTIRE (www.entireconsortium.eu), VIRT2UE and SOPs4RI (www.sops4ri.eu).