Jumping with a parachute – is promoting research integrity meaningful?

Loreta Tauginienė*, Inga Gaižauskaitė

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Considering world-wide interest in prevalent research malpractice at higher education institutions, we focus on the role of European national research integrity promoters (ombudspersons, research funding organizations, research integrity networks) who play a role at the forefront of bringing systemic change. Given the constraints of the role of research integrity promoters, we strive to grasp the meaningfulness of their work. To accomplish that, we employ a qualitative research approach and use individual semi-structured interviews with
10 national research integrity promoters. Employing reflexive applied thematic analysis, we discuss our findings in light of the structural symbolic interactionist approach and sensemaking theory. We conclude that encapsulated in challenging
prerequisites of the national research integrity promotion work, the meaningfulness of such work emerges through integrating research integrity in all aspects of academic life to entail indispensable systemic changes in academia.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAccountability in Research
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)548-573
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 04.03.2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • meaningfulness
  • research integrity promotion
  • ombudsperson
  • research funding organization
  • research integrity network

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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