International survey on Responsible Conduct of Research in Research-Creation

Research-creation (RC) is an emerging field at the interface between academic research and creative activities and is defined by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) as “research activities or approaches favouring the creation, interpretation of literary or artistic works of any kind.” Researchers in this heterogeneous field must therefore satisfy requirements of dual expertise which may sometimes conflict. As a result, researcher-creators may face very different challenges from colleagues in the rest of the academic world. So far, little is known about the nature of the issues encountered by these researchers in relation to the responsible research conduct (RCR, or scientific integrity), what differences there may be, or how the Canadian RC community responds to institutional policies or provincial / national guidelines.

A team of researchers from the Université de Montréal, led by Bryn Williams-Jones, is conducting a study on the issues and challenges related to ethics and responsible conduct of research in the practice of research-creation in collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec. This study aims to determine how the objectives and principles of responsible conduct of research can be adapted to the particular context of research-creation. It will enable the development of training tools on responsible conduct of research-creation for artist-researchers and their institutions.

This international survey will collect the testimonies and perceptions regarding responsible conduct of research of the various actors composing the emerging field of research-creation. The term “research-creation” is used in its broadest sense. It thus designates all practices that involve both a creative and a research activity, carried out within an academic context. This survey is thus intended for people who associate a part of their activities with research-creation or deal with it in the course of their work. This includes people who conduct, evaluate, comment, study research-creation or collaborate in one of these activities.

The online survey will be available until April 19, 2017 and takes about 10 to 25 minutes to complete, depending on the respondent’s profile. As recognition for participation, 4 prizes of $200 will be randomly drawn from the list of respondents.

Please feel free to share the link to this survey with other members of the research-creation community.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Nathalie Voarino by e-mail<> or by phone at 1 514-343-6111 # 8809<tel:(514)%20343-6111>. This project has been approved by the Health Research Ethics Board (CERES) of the Université de Montréal, #16-174-CERES-D.