Theme 5: Good research practice
Honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence, and responsibility are the guiding principles for good research. Not considering these principles as guiding threatens both the quality and the reliability of scientific research and that of the individual scientist and the university as an institution.
This can lead to direct damage, for example to the environment or test subjects, but can also damage society’s trust or the trust between scientists themselves.Tilburg University endorses the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2018), as adopted by Universiteiten van Nederland. We expect you to comply with this code and to do everything possible to promote compliance in your academic environment. Tilburg University is committed to the protection and safeguarding of scientific integrity and has set itself the goal to
- Prevent misconduct and violations.
- Raise awareness and create a culture of openness and transparency.
- Ensure a transparent process in assessing cases where scientific integrity may be compromised.
Our 11 ground rules for good research practice
Principles of scientific integrityYou maintain the principles of scientific research
Standards of good research practiceYou meet the standards of good research practice
You meet the standards of good research practice that apply during the various phases of research (design, execution, reporting, assessment and peer review, and communication), in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, Sections 3.2 through 3.7
Open and inclusive cultureYou ensure an open, inclusive and equal opportunities culture
As a supervisor, project leader, research director, manager or director you ensure an open, inclusive culture and equal opportunities culture.
Encouraging complianceYou stimulate the compliance with the standards for good research practice
As a supervisor, project leader, research director, manager or director you stimulate the researcher to comply with the standards for good research practice. You refrain from actions that encourages the researcher not to comply with one or more standards of good research practice.
No delay or obstructionYou do not delay or obstruct the work of other researchers
You do not unduly delay or obstruct the work of other researchers.
Responsibility for supervision of PhD projectsYou provide professional guidance and assessment
As a thesis supervisor(s) or project leader, you ensure based upon your role as supervisor that the researcher you supervise meets the quality and integrity requirements and that the researcher complies with the procedures. Members of the PhD Committee ensure a professional assessment of the thesis.
Discuss/reportYou raise the issue if others do not apply good research practices
You raise the issue if others do not apply good research practices or if the reactions to these practices are insufficient. You can report this to your manager, (Vice-)Dean, or confidential advisor on academic integrity. You do not make an accusation of violation of the scientific integrity that you know or should have known is incorrect.
Lawful and efficient use of research fundsYou do not make improper use of research funds
You do not make improper use of public and/or private research funds made available.
Academic freedomYou ensure academic freedom
In scientific research, you ensure that no restrictions are imposed by third parties that conflict with academic freedom In addition, you carry out your research independently and you prevent conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof.
Open AccessYou make research information and data publicly available
In the case of scientific research, you make research information and research data as publicly available as possible (open science) after the research, you choose where possible to publish the research results in an Open Access journal, and you place the digital version of the publication in Pure insofar as permitted by copyright.
Declaration of scientific integrityYou sign for compliance with the Code of Conduct
By signing an employment contract or hosting agreement, academic staff and full professors who do not have a permanent employment contract with Tilburg University confirm that they are committed to responsible research and that they will do everything in their power to promote compliance with this Code of Conduct in their academic environment. All PhD candidates sign such a declaration in the PhD tracking system (Hora Finita).
What if things go wrong?
You suspect an infringement of scientific integrity. This concerns consciously or subconsciously influencing or wrongly interpreting research results, inventing data, bias or dependence in research, plagiarism or violation of copyright or other misconduct of colleagues.
Below you see where you can go. You don’t have to follow all the stops. If you prefer to skip a stop, you can, it’s especially important that you enter into discussion!
Roadmap: where can you go
- The person concerned.
- Academic counselor or Dean of Students.
- Vice dean or Dean.
- Confidential advisor Academic Integrity
Download the roadmap
Where you can go when, you will also find in the roadmap