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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

2017-02-20
Top Takeaways from the Common Rule Amendments
A column discusses premier takeaways from the recent amendments to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Jurist Twenty). Read more »


2017-02-15
A solution in search of a problem: Streamlining the FDA
President Trump  is calling for a massive overhaul of US Food and Drug Administration regulations (Bioethics.net). Read more »


2017-01-26
No More 'Beall's List'
Librarian removes controversial list of "predatory journals" and publishers, reportedly in response to "threats and politics" (Inside Higher Ed). Read more »


2017-01-25
The U.S. final rule is now updated
The U.S. federal agencies have issued an update of the regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research. It strengthens protections for people who volunteer to participate in research, while ensuring that the oversight system does not add inappropriate administrative burdens, particularly to low-risk research (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Read more »


2017-01-24
Updated publication guidelines
The ICMJE has updated the so-called Vancouver rules, to address questions on predatory publishing, when to correct and retract, and more. An annotated version identifying the changes can be found here.


2017-01-09
New organisation for RECs proposed
In a governmental pm it is suggested that Sweden should have an organisation for ethical review of research that uses the advantages both of regional presence and the efficacy and uniformity that a central authority brings. Read more »


2017-01-02
Statcheck exposes inconsistent p values in articles
A Dutch researcher has created software that automatically extracts statistics from articles to reveal misleading p values. Read more »



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Last updated: 2017-02-20
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