Good Research Practices
Good Research Practice (GRP) entails conducting research with rigor and integrity. It encompassess the whole research trajectory, from setting research agendas, through planning, conducting, and reporting research, to the dissemination, application and exploitation of results. All researchers, both clinical and nonclinical, regardless of function or location, and those involved in reviewing or supervising research, should strive for the highest achievable standards of conduct to ensure trustworthy research outcomes.
The Amsterdam UMC Research Code, established on behalf of the Executive Boards of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and VU University medical center (VUmc), outlines expectations of research staff regarding GRP. All research staff are expected to read and follow the code. The code provides details on the following twelve topics:
- Expectations regarding supervisors and junior researchers
- General research and laboratory practice
- Dealing with animals
- Dealing with human subjects involved in research
- Research data management
- Peer review of research proposals and manuscripts
- Research collaboration agreements
- Dealing with the media
- Conflicts of interest
- Research misconduct: bad practices, prevention and dealing with suspected violations.
The AMC and VUmc are also guided by The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.
Additional resources and training in GRPs include:
- Training for PhD students
- Training for Junior and Senior Supervisors
- The department of Research Support also puts on regular training events to support GRP, such as ‘writing a data management plan’ for PhD students. These events are advertised here.
- The Embassy of Good Science (developed by a European Consortium led by the AmsterdamUMC) provides guidance and resources on research integrity and research ethics.
- The VIRT2UE programme is an open course on research integrity which focuses on fostering a professional ethic amongst researchers.
- The Netherlands Research Integrity Network (NRIN) provides guidance and resources for research integrity.