Declaration of interests

Recently an article was published in Nature that states that giving lectures by a scientist for whom an amount of money is paid can be seen as a conflict of interest. Research would no longer be objectively assessed as the outcomes contribute to the story brought by the scientist. Because I don’t want to create the appearance of a conflict of interest due to my work, you will find here my declaration of interests as a scientist.


As an independent scientist, I do not receive any financial contributions or funding to set up, conduct and publish research. If this is the case in the future, I will state this here.


As an independent researcher, it is all the more important to adhere to Open Research practices because there is little supervision from direct colleagues. This means that I promise to adhere as much as possible to practices that peer reviewers and other interested parties can monitor, and to refrain from questionable research practices. At the very least, I will make the data and analysis methods publicly available for research and articles that I have conducted. In this way others can check whether the conclusions I have drawn are valid. To show that I am an advocate for Open Research, I signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Lilian Jans-Beken | DORA

I am also affiliates as an independent scientist with the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE). Scientists affiliated with this institute show with their affiliation to be commited to open and reproducible science.

Lectures and talks

To provide for myself, I write and speak about gratitude, and I supervise students during their graduation project. I hereby declare that I will always base my story about gratitude on studies by several scientists, and that I will also address null results or negative results when necessary or desired. I will never manipulate the results of my research to bring a better story to the public.

I promise,
Dr. Lilian Jans-Beken

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