Research Institute of Child Development and Education

Code of Conduct

In order to ensure honest scientific practice, researchers of the Department of Child Development and Education should pay attention to the following matters.

Ethical Committee

The  Faculty Ethics Review Board safeguards the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of research participants. Prior to data collection, permission of the Faculty Ethics Review Board is required. Researchers must submit an application that includes a description of the design, participants, procedures, and methods. The Faculty Ethics Review Board also regulates procedures for passive and active informed consent.

Data management 

In the interest of verifiability, good data management is essential. Therefore researchers are required to upload information to the Data Management Depository every time they finish data collection and every time an empirical paper gets accepted for publication. Guidelines for how to proceed are drawn up in a separate document, published on intranet. These regulations hold for all data (co-)owned by RICDE.

Ownership of data 

RICDE is official owner (sometimes co-owner) of all data collected in its research projects. When ownership is ambiguous or when the responsible researcher leaves the institute, agreements about ownership and use of data should be established in a formal letter (e.g., if research is conducted in collaboration with an organization or individual outside the UvA). In case a third party demands access to the data, the research institute, in accordance with official regulations, will decide whether the data are made available. The uploaded data will not be made available to third parties without consulting the responsible researcher.

Data analysis and report

When analyzing data and reporting results, researchers should refrain from questionable research practices. Examples of research practices that can be considered questionable are selective omission of research results without mention (e.g., leaving out participants, groups, conditions or measurements should be reported and justified) and continuing or discontinuing data collection dependent on the significance of the results.


Authorship of scientific writings is reserved for persons who substantially contribute. To prevent problems, it is advised to agree on author sequence beforehand, although the sequence can be changed later when appropriate. Please notice that most journals follow their own specific norms for authorship. Some journals require an explicit credit that reflects the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved.


Reporting on data collection and data analysis should be transparent and verifiable in accordance with prevailing principles, such as the VSNU Code. Journals can also set standards to meet certain requirements concerning data availability, methods, or have reporting guidelines, to prevent questionable research practices. In addition, journals may have restrictions regarding prior publication.

In general, dissemination of "working papers" to a limited audience will not jeopardize publication, but the publication of thesis chapters can. To prevent problems, please indicate for which chapters an embargo is required when uploading your thesis in the Digital Academic Repository (DARE).


Accurate source references serve to ensure that credit is awarded where credit is deserved. Issues concerning correct citation practice were drawn up in an  advisory memorandum by KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences).

Published by  RICDE

13 October 2015