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Welcome to the CODEX website - rules and guidelines for research

This website's aim is to give researchers and other interested parties access to and information on the guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process. One can search for a specific document or ones originating from a certain author ("Rules and guidelines"). Short introductions to issues in research ethics create a certain coherence and help those looking for a quick overview ("About research ethics"). There are weekly news updates from the world of research ethics.

CODEX addresses first and foremost those who are actively involved in research, but also the interested public. Thus, no special previous knowledge is needed to understand the website's contents. We graciously accept corrections and suggestions for additions - and please tell us when finding broken links.

Research ethics news

2017-05-11
Legally binding agreement on human cloning?
Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. Researchers argue that a robust global governance framework on human cloning should draw on recent successes in climate change and business ethics for inspiration (Springer). Read more »


2017-04-28
Call for new cancer drugs suitable for kids
The children's cancer foundation ctiticizes the new generation cancer treatments in their yearly report. These drugs are only tested on adults and thereby often cannot be used to treat children (Läkartidningen). Read more »


2017-04-27
The EU Bioethics Council is back
The European Commission has again appointed members to its European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (SMER). Read more »


2017-04-26
Protection for research results will be considered
An investigator will make an inquiry into whether the legal protection of research results needs strenghtening in order to fascilitate innovation (Swedish Government). Read more »


2017-04-22
PubMed indexing no guarantee against being predatory
A new study of predatory journals in neuroscience show that they are not listed in DOAJ, Scopus, or MEDLINE, but many of them are indexed in PubMed (article in Neuroscience). Read more »


2017-04-19
Patient data should not have been released
Stockholm County Council did not follow the patient data act when an external company gained direct access to patient data for inclusion in a research project (Dagens Medicin). Read more »


2017-04-10
Sexual harassment defined as scientific misconduct?
A major U.S.-based scientific geophysics society is on the verge of expanding its definition of research misconduct to include sexual harassment (Science). Read more »


2017-04-03
Two researchers guilty of misconduct, says investigation
A Swedish university has concluded that two professors studying tissue engineering are guilty of misconduct in two published papers (Retraction Watch). Read more »



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