Springer Nature extends its national research integrity surveys to include the UK and US to help build global picture of researcher needs
(14 Dec 2023) Data released today shows that a lack of training around data management is the top concern for researchers in the UK and US. When asked where more support was needed, eight out of ten of the top unmet needs related to data. This included training on data management, data repositories, data policies, metadata and the curation of data.
The analysis features in Springer Nature’s latest national research integrity surveys, which this time focus on the UK and US respectively. The surveys form part of an ongoing programme launched by Springer Nature last year, which by taking a regional focus, aim to provide a tailored, evidence-based approach to perceptions of, and access to, training in research integrity. The US and UK surveys follow on from the Australian survey released in 2022.
Comparing the data across all three surveys to date, additional key findings showed that:
- Over half of respondents from all three regions felt research integrity training should be mandatory for postgrads and early career researchers;
- UK and US institutions lag behind Australia in providing training in research integrity. Just over 50% of participants from the US and UK said they had access to research integrity training, compared to nearly 70% in Australia.
- Early and mid-career researchers in the UK and Australia feel they are less likely to receive research integrity training via their institution compared to institutional managers and senior researchers. Over 70% of institutional managers in the UK and Australia said their institutions provided training versus less than 65% of ECRs. In the US, responses were more aligned, with a difference of just 56% to 53% between institutional management and ECRs.
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