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    NIELS MEJLGAARD: My name is Niels Mejlgaard.I'm a Professor at the Department of Political Scienceand an Associate Dean at the School of Businessand Social Science at Aarhus University.I have a coordinating role in the project,but I'm also engaged in the conceptual and empirical partsof our work.

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    MADS P. SORENSEN: Hi, my name is Mads.I'm a Senior Researcher at the Danish Centrefor Studies in Research and Research Policy at AarhusUniversity in Denmark.I'm co-coordinating SOPs4RI togetherwith my colleague, Niels Mejlgaard.And I'm also leading one of the seven workpackages in the project, WP5, the focus group study.

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    JOERI TIJDINK: And my name is Joeri Tijdink.I'm a Researcher at the Amsterdam University MedicalCenters, the Department of Ethics, Law and Humanitieshere in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.I am a research enthusiast.I really believe that responsible research practicescan really improve research and the research community.And that's why this SOPs4RI project is such a great project

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    JOERI TIJDINK [continued]: because it can influence the researchcommunity and responsible research practices.I am the leader of a work package 4.And that serves as the backbone of this SOPs4RI project.And apart from my work as a researcher,I am also a Clinical Psychiatrist.

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD: The Standard Operating Proceduresfor Research Integrity, or SOPs4RI project,is about fostering responsible research practices.Specifically, it's about the key rolethat organizations play in providing conditionsand incentives for doing good scientific work in accordance

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD [continued]: with professional standards.It's important that research organizations and fundersenable researchers to act responsibly,and that they minimize the risk of misconductand questionable research practices.It's crucial for the quality of public and private decision

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD [continued]: making that the knowledge base that science produces is sound.And it's critical to avoid wasting efforts and resourcesin research.Organizations need to have governance arrangementsfor research integrity in place.And the goal of our project is to contribute to that agenda.

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD [continued]: We've developed a toolbox that organizationscan use when they develop, implement,and maintain plans, policies, and proceduresfor research integrity.The toolbox contains standard operating procedures,guidelines, examples, and inspirational cases

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD [continued]: that organizations can adopt or learnfrom when they flesh out their own research integritypromotion plans.The toolbox was launched in October 2020,but it will continue to grow and maturethroughout the duration of our project.

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    JOERI TIJDINK: So we want to make surethat the tools we offer are based on evidence.Our project includes an extensive empirical researchprogram to take stock and to understand the needs.Our work includes reviews, expert interviews,Delphi surveys, focus groups, and a surveyadministered to researchers across more than 30 countries.

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    JOERI TIJDINK [continued]: We also want to ensure that the end users of our toolboxare actively involved in co-creating it.And therefore, we use co-creation workshopsto draw on the expertise and the creative skills of peopleinvolved in research integrity policy.And we collaborate with funders and with universitiesthat will take part in our pilot testing toolbox,

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    JOERI TIJDINK [continued]: so we can become informed about opportunities and hindrancesto implementation.So with this extensive methodology,we try to be as rigorous and complete as possible.And by using these co-creation workshops, we could explore--we can use the current practices,and we can also develop our own guidelines

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    JOERI TIJDINK [continued]: for topics that are currently not coveredby existing guidelines.And we are proud that we have goneto create such knowledge to help academiaimplement all these guidelines.And I think that if you want to talk about rigorous research,you have to practice what you preach.So I am very happy that we have such an extensive methodologythat will help universities and funders to foster

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    JOERI TIJDINK [continued]: responsible research practices.

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    MADS P. SORENSEN: When speaking about research integrity,one of the current challenges is to translate and transformthe principles and values of the European code of conductfor research integrity into practice.In SOPs4RI, we believe that all research performingorganizations, as well as research funding organizations,need to have a plan for how they come

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    MADS P. SORENSEN [continued]: from the abstract principles of the European code of conductto actual responsible conduct of researchon the shop floor of the single institutions.We call this plan a RIPP, a Research Integrity PromotionPlan.The RIPP should outline the stepsthat the organization will take to promote research integrity.

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    MADS P. SORENSEN [continued]: The RIPP should address a number of research integrity topicsand outline policies for how these topics will be handled.We have defined nine topics that have to be covered in the RIPPfor the research performing organizationsand six topics for research funding organizations.We have described these topics and toolguidelines that can be downloaded from our webpage.

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    MADS P. SORENSEN [continued]: They include topics such as research environmentsto ensure fair assessment procedures,and prevent cyber competition, and excessive publicationpressure; supervision and mentoringto create clear guidelines for PhD supervision;set up skills training, and mentoring; and integritytraining, establish training, and confidential

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    MADS P. SORENSEN [continued]: counseling for all researchers.It is also important to emphasizethat we don't want to add to bureaucracyand to presume that one size fits all.Our project includes cost benefit analysis of the toolsthat we offer, so that the benefits of research integrityculture are weighed up against administrative and other costs.

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    MADS P. SORENSEN [continued]: We also know that organizations have different needs dependingon their context, their mission, andtheir disciplinary orientation.Therefore, organizations should tailor the research integritypromotion plan to their own needs.

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD: The standard operating proceduresfor Research Integrity Consortiumincludes 13 partners from 10 different countries.The project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon2020 program and will run until the end of 2022.But our toolbox will be maintainedbeyond this timespan.

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    NIELS MEJLGAARD [continued]: If you're interested in knowing more,please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.You're also more than welcome to explorethe toolbox at our website and followthe project on social media.Thank you very much for watching.

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Video Info

Series Name: SOPs4RI

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Ltd.

Publication Year: 2022

Video Type:Case Study

Methods: Research ethics, Collaborative research, Integrity, Ethical principles, Research design

Keywords: codes of conduct; collaboration; cross-national research; delphi surveys; focus groups; guidelines as topic; integrity; international research; misconduct; research design; research ethics; research practice and methodology; Standard operating procedures; web sites ... Show More

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Niels Mejlgaard, PhD, Joeri Tijdink, PhD, and Mads P. Sørensen, PhD, Aarhus University, introduce the SOPs4RI project, including its goals, their roles within in, the evidence-based co-creation approach, and promotion plans.


Niels Mejlgaard
Joeri Tijdink
Mads Sorensen

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Research ethics

The field of moral philosophy dealing with the standards by which behaviour should be regulated within research.
Research ethics
Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity: SOPs4RI

Niels Mejlgaard, PhD, Joeri Tijdink, PhD, and Mads P. Sørensen, PhD, Aarhus University, introduce the SOPs4RI project, including its goals, their roles within in, the evidence-based co-creation approach, and promotion plans.

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