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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

Individual research results should be shared
A new report says individual research results should be shared with participants more often, and recommends a framework for decision-making (National Academies). Read more »

Karolinska must make new, thorough secrecy test
A Swedish court has decided that Karolinska University Hospital must do a new and more thorough assessment of the confidentiality in a case involving giveing access to documents concerning possible research misconduct (Swedish Courts). Read more »

Government proposes new misconduct authority
A new authority named ' Oredlighetsnämnden' will deal with misconduct investigations, proposes the Swedish government in a new referral to the Council on Legislation (Läkartidningen). Read more »

Stop for student journal-based projects
From now on, no students at Uppsala university will have access to the hospitals journal systems for carrying out projects (Läkemedelsvärlden). Read more »

Stanford Prison Experiment massively influential - but a fraud
The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up (Vox).Read more »

Regulating research registries
A Swedish public inquiry suggests a solution for how to regulate registry research (Ministry of education & research). Read more »

GDPR Special!
What does the General Data Protection Regulation mean for research? Here are some guidance available on the issue:

False scholars - misconduct or not?
The Vice-Chancellor of Karolinska institutet asks for clearer guidelines stating whether it is misconduct to to publish scholarly articles with a false name and university affiliation (Sveriges Radio). Read more »

Sweden cancels deal with publisher Elsevier
Swedish research libraries now cancel their deal with the leading scholarly publisher Elsevier. The reason ? It does not comply with demands for open access (Universitetsläraren). Read more »

Will university researchers create ‘killer robots’?
Campaigners fear a huge increase in EU military research spending will lead to development of autonomous weapons (Times Higher Education). Read more »

In a Big Data World, Scholars Need New Guidelines
User information from Facebook and other social-media sites is invaluable to political and social scientists, but it must be treated with care (Scientific American). Read more »

Could be others with false KI affiliation
KI officials have yet not been able to identify who is publishing vaccin critical papers in the name of KI. They cannot exclude the possibility of there being others using the strategy (Läkartidningen). Read more »

Gene breeding industry needs ethical committees
Modern gene technology creates opportunities for breeding companies, but also provokes many ethical questions. To set up ethical advisory groups can be a solution to the issue of when and how to use this technique instead of traditional breeding (Mistra). Read more »

New EU legislation to protect whistleblowers
An upcoming legislation to protect whistleblowers seeks to prevent retaliation such as demotion or dismissal, and safeguard their ability to shed light on unlawful activity. Read more »

The ethics of experimenting with human brain tissue
Difficult questions will be raised as models of the human brain get closer to replicating its functions, explains a Nature comment. Read more »

Consensus document on working with research integrity
The European PRINTEGER project has issued a consenus document on how to strengthen integrity in research organisations. Read more »

Swedish Parliament want stricter liability for misconduct
The Parliament want stronger penalties for professional misconduct in the public administration. It says this will improve the rule of law and strenghten trust in public administration (GP). Read more »

Human studies often launched on faulty evidence base
New research reveals serious flaws in the animal studies that regulators and ethicists use to decide if an experimental drug should be tested in humans (Reuters). Read more »

Research Fairness Initiative
Fair partnerships are essential for research and development and the RFI intends to create a reporting system that encourages governments, agencies, and research institutions to describe how they take measures to create trusting, lasting, transparent and effective partnerships in research and innovation. Read more »

Researchers share data but find it a challenge
Researchers desire data sharing but face many challenges in doing so, a whitepaper from Springer Nature reveals. Read more »

Should patients have a 'Right to try' experimental drugs?
US lawmakers are trying to help desperate patients by adopting "right to try" laws for experimental treatments that may be given outside of clinical trials (Medical Xpress). Read more »

Peer Review fails to prevent publication of paper with unsupported claims about peer review
It’s perhaps ironic that a paper finding no value in peer review is so flawed that its conclusions are untenable, yet its publication in a journal is itself an indictment of peer review, says a recent piece in Scholarly kitchen. Read more »

Advisory group reports
As part of the EDPS 2015-2019 strategy, the Ethics Advisory Group is set up with the mandate to explore the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models in the 21st century. It has now published its 2018 Report. Read more »

Few caught cheating in research at largest universities
Of 65 reported cases during the last two years, 7 have been pronounced cases of research misconduct, a survey shows (Universitetsläraren). Read more »

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Last updated: 2018-07-17
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