The ARCA project runs for three years. During the first year, we are carrying out a large survey study among all active academic researchers in Amsterdam. The second year is for organising focus groups where we want to deepen our understanding of how academic researchers from different ranks and disciplinary fields experience the research climate. In the third year, we are piloting two interventions where we aspire to directly boost the academic research climate. Below you can read more specific information about the different stages of the ARCA project.

Year one – 2017

In the first year, we are conducing a cross-sectional survey. The survey consists of three instruments: the Survey of Organisational Research Climate, the Publication Pressure Questionnaire and a list of 60 major and minor misbehaviours. The aim of this part is to get some baseline information on the organisational climate. During the first year, we have preregistered our study on the Open Science Framework (see link under Data Analysis).

Year two – 2018

The second year of the project is devoted to focus groups where we will investigate researchers’ s conceptions on the actual state of the research climate: what constitutes a good climate? What misbehaviours are seen in the climate researchers work in? What interventions could improve the research climate? We will discuss the survey results with researchers from different disciplinary fields and different academic ranks to collect more in-depth knowledge on research behaviour and misbehaviour.

Year three – 2019

Finally, we will pilot two interventions based on the survey and focus group results. Firstly, we will set up moral case deliberation groups specifically devoted to research integrity dilemmas. Secondly, we will design a training for novice PhD mentors (those supervising PhDs for the first time) to enable them to mentor more effectively and with a strong focus on research integrity.

Our study is endorsed by the deans and rectors from all four Academic institutions in Amsterdam. If you are keen to see those endorsements, click above. If you would like to learn more about our research, you can read our research protocol.