Mission

Mission of the WCRIF

The World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation was established in July, 2017, as a non-profit organization with official seat in the municipality of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.   
 
The first five World Conferences on Research Integrity were convened before the creation of the Foundation.  They were organized by co-chairs and planning committees.  The Foundation was established to support the ongoing organization and development of the World Conferences and all related activities.
 
The purposes of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation (WCRIF) include the following:
  • promote the continuation of the World Conferences on Research Integrity on a regular
  • schedule;
  • ensure organizational continuity between conferences;
  • maintain a World Conferences on Research Integrity website; and
  • publish or disseminate guidance or policies agreed to at World Conferences on Research Integrity.
 
The WCRIF is managed by a Governing Board of at least five and at most nine members who serve four-year terms.  The Governing Board elects from its members a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who constitute the Board's Executive Committee.

What do we mean when we talk about research integrity?

‘Research integrity’ is the overarching concept to govern validity and trustworthiness of research. Behaviours by researchers can seriously undermine or strengthen research integrity. These behaviours are predominantly driven by the attitudes and professional values of the individual researcher, the institutional research climate and the research system at large. Three groups of behaviours can be recognised.

First there is research misconduct, which is usually subdivided in fabrication, falsification and plagiarism (FFP).

Second there are the more prevalent detrimental research practices (DRP). Similar concepts are sloppy science, cutting corners, and incomplete and unusable reporting to name a few, all leading to research waste. Being more prevalent, DRPs arguably do more damage to the quality and credibility of research than FFP.

Third there are responsible research practices (RRPs). These are the behaviours we want to see from researchers. Examples are appropriate planning and conduct, and honest reporting of research. Supporting open research like preregistration, open data, open codes, and open access. But also actively avoiding DRPs and FFP, helping others to do so, performing replication studies, good supervision and mentoring, being open about errors made, and active contributions to an open, inclusive and encouraging research environment.

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