Call for Papers: Teaching Research Integrity
Contemporary research is extremely competitive and the pressure to “publish or perish” is high, especially among young researchers. As a result, the risk of sloppy science and scientific misconduct is increasing. While it is difficult to precisely determine the scale on which scientific misconduct occurs, we can see, for example, that the number of retractions of papers from journals is increasing. There is therefore an urgent need to educate young researchers in responsible research practice and make them “streetwise” with regard to the topics they will encounter in research practices. The increasing international cooperation between universities underscores this urgency. It is now widely accepted that most questions in daily research practices belong to a grey area (QRP) in which the right or wrong nature of decisions and conduct is not always immediately clear, as opposed to the clear-cut cases of FFP (falsification, fabrication and plagiarism) that we find in the media. Moreover, the concept of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) focuses on what is needed in order for students and scientists to learn to recognise problematic situations, to discuss these situations with their peers, and to devise strategies for dealing with them.
The focus issue will address questions regarding teaching related to research integrity, such as:
- How can research integrity policies (codes of conduct, institutional policies, government policies, etc.) be translated into the educational setting and curriculum of higher education institutions?
- How can the “grey area” in teaching related to research integrity be addressed?
- How can we successfully train students to make them streetwise regarding RCR?
- What is needed to build capacities of students and researchers regarding research integrity?
- How can we deal with research integrity education in complex environments, such as multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary environments and international collaborations?
- What are the complex reasons behind violations of research integrity?
We kindly invite authors to submit theoretical and empirical contributions that address but are by no means limited to the proposed topics.
Article submission timeline:
30 March 2022: submission of paper title and abstract with up to five keywords [250 words max.]
30 December 2022: paper submission [between 5,000 and 7,000 words]
September 2023: publication of the focus issue of the CEPS journal
Please send the abstract to email@example.com clearly stating the title of the focus issue.
Manuscripts should be from 5,000 to 7,000 words long, including the abstract and reference list. They should be written in UK English. Submissions should be no more than 20 pages in length, and should be original and unpublished work not currently under review by another journal or publisher.
When preparing the manuscript, please follow our guidelines, which are available here: