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Recommendations for empowering early career researchers to improve research culture and practice

Kent, Brianne A. and Holman, Constance and Amoako, Emmanuella and Antonietti, Alberto and Azam, James M. and Ballhausen, Hanne and Bediako, Yaw and Belasen, Anat M. and Carneiro, Clarissa F. D. and Chen, Yen-Chung and Compeer, Ewoud B. and Connor, Chelsea A. C. and Crüwell, Sophia and Debat, Humberto and Dorris, Emma and Ebrahimi, Hedyeh and Erlich, Jeffrey C. and Fernández-Chiappe, Florencia and Fischer, Felix and Gazda, Małgorzata Anna and Glatz, Toivo and Grabitz, Peter and Heise, Verena and Kent, David G. and Lo, Hung and McDowell, Gary and Mehta, Devang and Neumann, Wolf-Julian and Neves, Kleber and Patterson, Mark and Penfold, Naomi C. and Piper, Sophie K. and Puebla, Iratxe and Quashie, Peter K. and Quezada, Carolina Paz and Riley, Julia L. and Rohmann, Jessica L. and Saladi, Shyam M. and Schwessinger, Benjamin and Siegerink, Bob and Stehlik, Paulina and Tzilivaki, Alexandra and Umbers, Kate D. L. and Varma, Aalok and Walavalkar, Kaivalya and de Winde, Charlotte M. and Zaza, Cecilia and Weissgerber, Tracey L. (2022) Recommendations for empowering early career researchers to improve research culture and practice. PLoS Biology, 20 (7). Art. No. e3001680. ISSN 1545-7885. PMCID PMC9295962. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3001680.

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Early career researchers (ECRs) are important stakeholders leading efforts to catalyze systemic change in research culture and practice. Here, we summarize the outputs from a virtual unconventional conference (unconference), which brought together 54 invited experts from 20 countries with extensive experience in ECR initiatives designed to improve the culture and practice of science. Together, we drafted 2 sets of recommendations for (1) ECRs directly involved in initiatives or activities to change research culture and practice; and (2) stakeholders who wish to support ECRs in these efforts. Importantly, these points apply to ECRs working to promote change on a systemic level, not only those improving aspects of their own work. In both sets of recommendations, we underline the importance of incentivizing and providing time and resources for systems-level science improvement activities, including ECRs in organizational decision-making processes, and working to dismantle structural barriers to participation for marginalized groups. We further highlight obstacles that ECRs face when working to promote reform, as well as proposed solutions and examples of current best practices. The abstract and recommendations for stakeholders are available in Dutch, German, Greek (abstract only), Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Serbian.

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Additional Information:CH and TLW were funded via the SPOKES Subproject of the Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership at Charité and Berlin Institutes of Health (218358/Z/19/Z, The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or the preparation of the manuscript.
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