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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

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 »

NSF requires sexual harassment to be reported
The US National Science Foundation have announced a new set of measures to combat sexual harassment by people working on the projects it funds. (Science). Read more »

Suspicion of fraud not enought to freeze funds
The government have made it possible to freeze funding during the time of a misconduct investigation, but the Swedish Research Council will not halt funding during an investigation, writes Sven Stafström (Universitetsläraren). Read more »

Ethical Shades of Gray
In a survey on 43 different Questionable Research Practices , over 90 % of respondents in health professions education research admitted to have engaged in such practices (BioRxiv). Read more »

Experiment a recipe for terrorists?
A recent paper describes how researchers assembled bits of DNA and resurrected in the lab a variant of smallpox. Authors claim their experiments might lead to improved vaccines, but critics have questioned whether the study could give terrorists or rogue states a recipe to reconstitute the smallpox virus (Washington Post). Read more »

Novel solution to the 'predatory journals' problem
Alex Holcombe proposes an automated way to create a whitelist of legitimate journals for people to consult. Read more »

New survey on misconduct revealing
Most academic and industrial scientists polled had either committed or witnessed unethical practices (Chemistry World). Read more »

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Last updated: 2018-03-16
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