Family without kinship – the pluralism of European regulatory research integrity systems and its implications

Kalle Videnoja*, Loreta Tauginienė, Erika Löfström

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This paper investigates the differences and similarities between European regulatory research integrity systems. The data collection process involved gathering information from public sources. A total of 27 European countries were included in the comprehensive dataset. Three determinants were examined: the legal structure of national research integrity regulation, the presence of national research integrity guidelines, and the provision of research integrity training by national research integrity offices. Qualitative content analysis was employed to identify relevant differences in national research integrity systems and the work of national research integrity offices. The findings suggest that the functions and powers of research integrity offices in Europe vary significantly, and there is extensive variation in the legal status and functions of national research integrity systems. We identify the major implications arising from these differences and explore what the challenges for harmonization of the European research integrity systems are. Our findings highlight the need for promoting dialogue between actors on an international level.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAccountability in Research
Publication statusPublished - 24.04.2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • normative
  • pluralism
  • regulation
  • Research integrity
  • research integrity training
  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 520 Other social sciences


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