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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

2019-06-20
Law on misconduct decided
Despite criticism from the Swedish Research Council and several universities/colleges, the Swedish parliament have decided upon a narrow definition of misconduct. The new law and the new investigative authority should be in place from 1 January 2020 (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


2019-06-17
Act now on CRISPR babies
Another researcher has announced controversial plans to gene edit babies. The scientific community must intervene, urges a Nature editorial. Read more »


2019-06-14
Plan U: an alternative
Through plan U, universal access to scientific and medical research via funder preprint mandates is suggested (PLoS article). Read more »


2019-06-13
Plan S on hold and revision 
Application of Plan S has after critique been put on hold for a year, until 2021. It has also been revised on several accounts (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


2019-06-11
Credit data generators for data reuse
To promote effective sharing, we must create an enduring link between the people who generate data and its future uses, urge Heather H. Pierce and colleagues (Nature). Read more »


2019-06-10
Stop gaming peer review!
It is a violation of publishing ethics to use the peer review comments of one journal to mature a manuscript and submit to another with a higher impact factor (opinion in The Scientist). Read more »


2019-05-25
Should case reports be ethically vetted?
In Läkartidningen a debate on this issue has started; do you need an ethical approval for case reports submitted to medical journals? Read more » (and see the view of Läkartidningen on this)


2019-05-09
Sweden closer to deal with Elsevier
After negotiations have strated again, Sweden might get a new business deal in place with Elsevier before the year's end, including open access to research articles (Universitetsläraren). Read more »


2019-05-06
Insufficient focus on ethics in animal testing
All animal testing in Sweden needs to be approved by an animal ethics committee. It should weigh the suffering for the animals against the importance of the experiment. Studies show that ethical discussions are largely missing, however (Sveriges Radio). Read more »


2019-05-06
Cabell's Blacklist positively reviewed
Rick Anderson finds Cabell’s Blacklist to be a carefully crafted, honestly managed, and highly useful tool for libraries, faculty committees, and authors. Read more »


2019-04-19
Hong Kong Manifesto for Assessing Researchers
A set of high-level principles for better assessing scientists and associated research and policy implications to both foster and reward research integrity is proposed by the 6th world conference on research integrity. Read more »


2019-03-29
Bullied into bad science
The Bullied Into Bad Science campaign is an initiative by early career researchers (ECRs) for early career researchers who aim for a fairer, more open and ethical research and publication environment. Read more »


2019-03-29
WHO panel demands a registry for human gene editing
The panel, established after a Chinese experiment produced embryo-edited babies, said all human genome editing research should be listed in a registry (New York Times). Read more »


2019-03-14
Global stop for germline gene editing wanted
A number of researchers – among them the innovator of CRISPR, Emanuelle Charpentier – are calling for a temporary moratorium on clinical use of human germline editing — introducing heritable changes to sperm, eggs or embryos — until the safety of the technique has been better investigated and acceptable uses agreed on (Nature). Read more »


2019-03-05
Gothenburg university criticised by UKÄ
Universitetskanslersämbetet (UKÄ) is critical about the way GU have handled two cases of misconduct in research. Among other things the university said no to a request from the researcher to ask the expert group at CEPN for a statement (Läkartidningen). Read more »


2019-02-25
Funders need to rethink Plan S
The quality of research is threatened, write 111 professors (Curie). Read more »


2019-02-18
WHO develops oversight standards for gene editing
Following international outrage over a gene editing treatment of human embryos in China, the WHO on Thursday announced it was assembling a panel of experts to form an advisory committee to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing (BioSpace). Read more »


2019-02-15
Cheaters got a bad deal
Now the decisions on students cheating at the Higher Education Test (högskoleprovet) are starting to come in (Dagens Medicin Blog). Read more »


2019-02-10
Shared patient data – both promising and risky
Digital patient records and registries make new knowledge possible, but might also threaten personal integrity when patients are not asked for consent (Curie). Read more »


2019-01-25
New minister for research wants misconduct board
The new minister for research, the Social Democrat Matilda Ernkrans, plans to put in place a new system for handling misconduct cases in research soon (Sveriges Radio). Read more »


2019-01-20
Research ethics a priority
Research ethics and integrity has become one of the top strategic priorities in doctoral education in Europe, according to a landscape report published by the European University Association’s Council for Doctoral Education (University World News). Read more »


2019-01-07
New authority for uniform ethical review
Now the new ethical review authority has started its work. It aims to make reviewing faster, easier and more uniform, says the new director, Johan Modin (Dagens Medicin). Read more »


2018-12-24
Now all with VR grants need a data management plan
As from spring 2019, if you are awarded a grant from the Swedish Research Council you must have a plan for how the research data generated within your project shall be managed (VR). Read more »


2018-12-17
A pre-submission inquiry with a bribe
A case brought to COPE involves an author-to-be trying to bribe the editor (COPE). Read more »


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Last updated: 2019-06-20
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