Path2Integrity Breakfast in Seville
Path2Integrity is initiating the Path2Integrity breakfast workshop series, in which project members and interested experts, stakeholders or other individuals who could contribute to the success of the project discuss aspects of research integrity in an informal atmosphere.
In order to establish a network for teachers and lecturers who teach or want to teach research integrity, Path2Integrity is participating in and organising various events where potential endorsers and influencers can be reached, among these is the new Path2Integrity breakfast initiative.
The first Path2Integrity breakfast took place at the Faculty of Tourism and Finances of the University of Seville (Spain) on 21 February 2020. Twelve directors of different departments within the faculty and Path2Integrity member Katharina Miller participated in the event, which was organised by Professor María de los Ángeles Oviedo-García. Path2Integrity was a co-organiser of the event.
The discussion focused on predatory journals. According to a recent article in the Nature journal, predatory journals and publishers are "entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices."
The chosen topic is highly relevant to Path2Integrity’s values and outputs. When raising the questions of what could be done in the future to raise awareness about the unethical practices these journals use and how scholars or individuals interested in a certain research topic can avoid them, the project has much to offer. The Path2Integrity learning cards are essential tools to acquire the necessary competencies for conducting reliable research, for identifying and using reliable research results and, ultimately, for establishing a culture of research integrity. Providing education and training in research integrity is another essential aspect for promoting a culture of integrity in the research and academic environment. All participants showed interest in the Path2Integrity learning cards. Moreover, they were keen to receive a train-the-trainer with the Spanish version of the learning cards, which will be available after August 2020 (together with their versions in other European languages). Furthermore, participants were curious to learn more about the Path2Integrity campaign and were invited to join the 2021 project conference, which will take place on 25 and 26 February in Barcelona, Spain.
Although the first event of this type, the success of the Path2Integrity breakfast in Seville speaks for continuing the series and organising further workshops where Path2Integrity is represented and the messages of the project are spread.