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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

2018-11-19
The Replication Crisis
In this radio program from BBC,you'll learn that many key findings in psychological research are under question, as the results of some of its most well-known experiments have proved difficult or impossible to reproduce. Featuring contributions from John Bargh, Susan Fiske, John Ioannidis, Brian Nosek, Stephen Reicher, Diederik Stapel and Simine Vazire. Read more/listen »


2018-11-14
Most Chinese scientists write academic papers to get promoted, survey finds
Nearly half of those polled said they believed the way the authorities appraised scientific research was misleading (South China Morning Post). Read more »


2018-10-25
New perspectives on data handling
October 3 a Nordic workshop on good data practices was held. It focused on strategic work on data handling, open data and use of the FAIR principles, as well as Nordic cooperation on these issues (Swedish Research Council). Read more »


2018-10-18
Time is short for open access plan S
Plan S är is a European initiative to further the process towards having publicly financed research results open for all from 2010. But the short time for implementation receives criticism (Curie). Read more »


2018-10-07
Labour Court will rule on misconduct appeal
The Swedish labour court will decide whether it will be possible to appeal to them when found guilty of research misconduct. In a report The Swedish Agency for Government Employers says that such appeals do not pertain to labour rights, but to administrative law, and therefore it is not possible to appeal. (Lag & Avtal). Read more »


2018-09-28
Welcome to the Moral Machine!
Moral dilemmas with driverless cars force you to make a moral decision. Then compare your responses to other people (and you help out with moral research too!) Read more »


2018-09-17
Deteckting fake university degrees in a digital world
Fake diplomas are not new and will continue to pose a threat to higher education for the foreseeable future, but recent initiatives involving digital diplomas in secure databases may be one of the most promising ways to combat false qualifications in the future (University World News). Read more »


2018-09-06
Universities maintain researchers did misconduct
Two cases of possible misconduct in research have ended up in court. In both cases, CEPN finds the accused not guilty, while their universities still claim they committed misconduct. - This illustrates the uncertain legal procedures we have now, SULF's Robert Andersson says (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


2018-09-06
Editors resign after pressure to publish mediocre papers
All 10 senior editors of the open-access journal Nutrients resigned last month, alleging that the publisher, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), pressured them to accept manuscripts of mediocre quality and importance (Science). Read more »


2018-09-05
New authority for ethical vetting of research
In January 2019 a new board for the ethical vetting of human subjects research starts its work. Curie has spoken to Johan Modin, responsible for setting up the new authority. Read more »


2018-09-05
Soon open access is implemented
Recently, Science Europe presented a plan for how to speed up the transfer to open access for research, Plan S. All publications funded by the public should be open from 1 January, 2020. The research council is basically in agreement with the plan (Swedish Research Council). Read more »


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Last updated: 2018-11-19
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