NSRI: Project details


“As a team of researchers ourselves, we see the NSRI as a tool to influence lasting, positive change in research for our entire community."

~ Gowri Gopalakrishna, NSRI Core Team member


The NSRI is a survey created by the research community, for the benefit of the research community, to gather information on a broad number of issues such as research norms and behaviors, open science practices, competitiveness and work pressure. Your contribution to this survey will help us make recommendations about the way we conduct research and ways to improve this.


The journey towards greater research integrity can easily be misunderstood as an effort to point fingers at poor research practices of the past. To the contrary, as researchers and academics ourselves, we deeply understand the nuances and issues that are associated with this topic. Rather than study the problems, we seek to create positive and lasting change for the benefit of science, researchers themselves, and the greater public.

Research Integrity matters to all of us.

Learn why, and how your voice can make a difference:

The National Survey on Research Integrity (NSRI) is unique in a number of ways:

  • It aims to provide valid disciplinary field-specific estimates on the occurrence of responsible research practices and questionable research practices across the biomedical sciences, the humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and the social and behavioral sciences.

  • It targets the entire population of academic researchers in The Netherlands; the largest sample ever studied in research integrity to-date.


  • The survey will employ a technique known as the Randomized Response (RR) which has shown to elicit more honest answers around sensitive topics.

  • It will examine a broad range of factors that may impact on scholars engagement in responsible research practices and questionable research practices.

How the randomized response method protects privacy:

When will the results of NSRI be available?

We expect the results to be available in the second quarter of 2021. Once the data have been analysed, the outcomes from the NSRI will be available through preprints, other Open Access publications and through (inter)national conferences. Follow us on Twitter or Linkedin to get updates on the project.


The NSRI results will also be used to develop action plans on how to foster responsible research practices in the Netherlands. Plans will be tailored to the major stakeholders and the four disciplinary domains. These action plans will be co-created with representatives from each domain, in collaboration with a professional change implementation organization.