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Welcome to the CODEX website - rules and guidelines for research

This website's aim is to give 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 ("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").

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.

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Research ethics news


JK decision: Accusations not protected by freedom of speech

The young female researcher who recently reported the Vice Chancellor of Lund to the police has won a stage victory with the Attorney General (Academic Rights Watch). Read more »


Misinterpretation is stopping studies on unconscious
In Sweden, it is in practice impossible to do medical products studies on critically ill patients unable to consent. An old misinterpretation of a EU directive needs to be corrected, three academics write (Svenska Dagbladet). Read more »


Whistleblowers request compensation from the state
The researchers at Karolinska Institutet who warned that surgeon Paolo Macchiarini cheated with research say they were subject to reprisals and never had the opportunity to defend themselves - therefore they are now claiming damages from 'Justitiekanslern' (SVT Nyheter). Read more »


The verdict in AD is a loss for everyone
The local SULF section comments the highly debated case (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


Also the Linné university goes against the verdict
The decision at Lund university to not follow the verdict from the Swedish labour court has stirred debate and now the Linné university follow suit with reference to a seldom used paragraph. A lecturer loses the job as a result (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


AD could still acquit researchers
None of the experts concluded that the researcher's studies stand up to scrutiny, says Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice Chancellor for Lund university (Sydsvenskan). Read more »


"A simple decision - there were no evidence"
It is to be expected in a state ruled by law that a labour court aquitted the researcher from Lund university; there were no evidence for misconduct, writes Stellan Gärde (Svenska Dagbladet). Read more »


Indemnity worth paing for society
In order not to endanger the trustworthiness of research, the government needs to make clear who should decide on research misconduct, the academy or the labour court, writes Torbjörn von Schantz, Vice Chancellor for Lund university (Sydsvenskan). Read more »


Strange that cheaters can't be fired
What are our lawyers doing? They go against universities trying to fire people guilty of research misconduct, writes Nils-Eric Sahlin, professor in medical ethics (SvD Debatt). Read more »


Case study without ethical vetting gets a green light
Överklagandenämnden för etikprövning has now come to a decision regarding ethical vetting for a case study. The board says that the case study should not be regarded as research - and thus no ethical approval is needed (Läkartidningen). Read more »


Dismissed researcher acquitted by AD
The sacking of a Lund researcher who was accussed of misconduct is not legible, states an unanimous AD in their verdict (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


Regulation threatens humanities research
Demands on researchers in the humanities to archive data and to have an ethical approval are imported from the natural sciences, writes debaters (Universitetsläraren). Read more »

Last updated: 2020-07-18
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