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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 regular 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

2017-11-20
An alliance for science society publishers
"SSPA members are concerned that the proliferation of perceived high-impact, for-profit journals — most of which are not rooted in the scientific community — is damaging science by diminishing the influence of active, practicing scientists in determining the trajectories of their disciplines" (SSPA). Read more »


2017-11-17
A Nonprofit Alternative to Research Gate
Scholars are planning an alternative site on which to network and share work (Inside Higher Education). Read more »


2017-11-13
Ethical principles for the use of human cellular biotechnologies
A consensus statement (Nature Biotechnlogy). Read more »


2017-10-19
Privacy Flag
A European research project on personal data protection to assess the compliance of applications, websites, and Internet of Things deployments with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Read more »


2017-10-19
A Declaration of Helsinki for Engineers
Climate change is a serious global problem and if the professional institutions take seriously the claim that a profession should be self-regulating, they ought to develop a declaration for engineers addressing climate change, the authors of a new article claim (Science and Engineering Ethics). Read more »


2017-10-10
Will scientific publishing change form?
This question is asked in an interesting new article in International Journal of Radiation Oncology by Anthony Zietman.


2017-09-29
How to acknowledge bioresource work
In a new article, Heidi Howard et al. asks "How to responsibly acknowledge research work in the era of big data and biobanks" and analyse "ethical aspects of the Bioresource Research Impact Factor" (J Community Genet). Read more »


2017-09-25
Updated guidelines on peer review
COPE has produced some guidelines which set out the basic principles and standards to which all peer reviewers should adhere during the peer-review process in research publication. Read more »


2017-09-24
Favourite plagiarism excuses
At a recent conference, the  National Science Foundation (NSF) Inspector General, Allison Lerner, presented the office's favorite plagiarism excuses (University of New Hampshire)Read more »


2017-09-02
New bioethics journal
...and it is called Bioethics Journal! Issued by Harvard Medical School. Read more »


2017-08-03
Human embryos gene-edited
The work, which removed a gene mutation linked to a heart condition, is fueling deba te over the controversial tool known as CRISPR (National Geographic). Read more »


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Last updated: 2017-11-20
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