Assessing the climate for research ethics in labs: Development and validation of a brief measure

Erin D. Solomon, Tammy English, Matthew Wroblewski, James M. DuBois, Alison L. Antes

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The environment researchers work in influences their ethical decisions and behavior. A “climate” for research ethics in a research lab exists when members of the lab perceive that the group values and is committed to principles of research ethics. In this study, we aimed to develop a short, reliable and valid measure assessing perceptions of climate for research ethics at the lab level. The resulting measure, Lab Climate for Research Ethics, was developed using standard scale development guidelines. In a large sample of postdoctoral researchers (N = 570), we found preliminary evidence that the new measure has adequate internal consistency reliability. It was also correlated with an existing measure of climate for research ethics and was not correlated with social desirability, demonstrating evidence of construct validity. The new measure can be used in a variety of contexts, including research administrators seeking information about climate within labs across an institution and researchers who study lab environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-17
Number of pages16
JournalAccountability in Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Research integrity
  • climate
  • measurement
  • research environment
  • research ethics


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