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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

It is unethical not to do research
Apart from all the approvals needed to do clinical research, consent is required. Nowadays patients are not encouraged to take part which lowers participation, says Hugo Lagercrantz at KI (Curie). Read more »

The age of contractualism in bioethics?
Recently, contractualism has become a favored perspective in bioethics and research ethics. J.S. Blumenthal-Barby ponders the merits and draw-backs of this ( blog). Read more »

KI reported to JO for misconduct evaluation
A former professor at Karolinska institutet now wants the "Justitieombudsman" to scrutinize the report where a surgeon was cleared of misconduct (Läkartidningen). Read more »

European Privacy Supervisor Proposes Ethics Board
The European Data Protection Supervisor has urged exploration of the "ethical dimension in future technologies to retain the value of human dignity and prevent individuals being reduced to mere data subjects". Read more »

Estimating the reproducibility of psychology
The largest effort yet to replicate psychology studies shows that of the 100 prominent papers analyzed, only 39% could be replicated unambiguously (NRIN). Read more »

HHS to Overhaul Research Subject Protections
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will make US protections for human research subjects more uniform by streamlining some informed consent rules and using other means to reduce ambiguity around clinical trials (RAPS). Read more »

PubPeer co-founder revealed
After 3 years in the shadows, the anonymous co-founder of a popular and controversial website that allows users to critique published research has revealed himself (Science). Read more »

Registered trials make positive findings vanish
A study showing a fall in positive trial results after the roll-out of attracted much attention on social media (Nature). Read more »

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Last updated: 2015-10-09
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