Mind the GAP - website on research integrity

13 March 2024

VLIR's Mind the GAP is an online training tool for researchers on Good Academic Research Practices (GAP).

The website has been created by the research integrity and policy advisors of the five Flemish universities: KU Leuven, UAntwerp, Ghent University, UHasselt and VUB. The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) is the National Rectors’ Conference of Flanders, an autonomous body financed by these universities.

Mind the GAP provides an interactive training on research integrity based on The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity for (PhD) researchers, researchers who just started working for a university, supervisors and more experienced researchers who want to know more about research integrity.

The website delves into the general concept of research integrity, contains a chapter on the relationship between PhD researchers and their supervisors, and explores into detail the good academic research practices when it comes to research design and conduct, research data management (RDM), reporting results, conflicts of interest, science communication, research(er) evaluation and assessment. Mind the GAP also includes a chapter on possible violations of research integrity and what to do when misconduct happens. Extra modules discuss the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ethics rules and regulations.

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