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.
Confusion over open-data rules
The Public Library of Science's open-data mandate has prompted scientists to share more data online, but not everyone is complying with the regulations (Nature). Read more »
Competence centra on animal alternatives
The Swedish Government has decided to start work on creating a competence centra for alternatives to animal testing and the 3 R's (Government). Read more »
50 manuscripts involving fake peer reviewers
BioMed Central has uncovered about fifty manuscripts in their editorial system that involved fake peer reviewers (Retraction Watch). Read more »
Edits to ethics code rankle
Clinical-trial obligations introduced into the Helsinki declaration called too onerous by some (Nature News). Read more »
Italian seismologists cleared of manslaughter
Appeals court says six scientists did not cause deaths in 2009 L'Aquila earthquake and cuts sentence of a government official (Nature News). Read more »