Planning phase

   Chapter II overview

This chapter comprises the phase before research data are collected: the planning phase. 

   Learning objectives  

In this chapter: 

  • You will be briefly introduced to the research proposal. You will be able to identify the elements discussed in a research proposal;
  • You will learn how the principles of scientific integrity encourage reproducible research;
  • You will learn about the advantages of a systematic approach in view of reuse;
  • You will learn about the different parts of a data management plan.


After you have studied the sections of this chapter and continued with the quizzes, you will prepare – alone or in collaboration with a fellow course participant – a data management plan for a fictitious research project.