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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

Updated guidelines on peer review
COPE has produced some guidelines which set out the basic principles and standards to which all peer reviewers should adhere during the peer-review process in research publication. Read more »

Favourite plagiarism excuses
At a recent conference, the  National Science Foundation (NSF) Inspector General, Allison Lerner, presented the office's favorite plagiarism excuses (University of New Hampshire)Read more »

New bioethics journal
...and it is called Bioethics Journal! Issued by Harvard Medical School. Read more »

Human embryos gene-edited
The work, which removed a gene mutation linked to a heart condition, is fueling deba te over the controversial tool known as CRISPR (National Geographic). Read more »

Cabell's new predatory journal blacklist
A first review of the list that aims to replace the well-known Beall's list (Scholarly Kitchen). Read more »

Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers
Pregnant women should not be excluded from clinical studies because this practice is unfair and potentially harmful, perpetuating the lack of knowledge about the effect of drugs in pregnancy, researchers insist (Onmedica). Read more »

Europe to Stay Open for Primate Research
Should European researchers be allowed to continue using non-human primates in their research? For the moment at least, it should remain permissible, according to an influential European Union advisory committee (Applied Clinical Trials). Read more »

KI to demand electronic research documentation
To stop new Macchiarini cases, Karolinska institutet, KI, will make it obligatory for researchers to electronically document their research (Läkartidningen). Read more »

Ethics must not be lost
The flood of new health apps can bring about improvement of public health but there are also dangers that should be considered, writes Statens medicinsk-etiska råd in an opinion piece (Dagens Medicin). Read more »

Initiative for Open Citations
The Initiative for Open Citations I4OC is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers, and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data. Read more »

Swedish patient data sent overseas to private company
When many Swedish hospitals measure care quality, they collect lots of data on patients. This creates ethical issues. Is it legal to send data to a private company overseas? Who guarantees the patients' right to integrity? (DN Debatt) Read more »

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Last updated: 2017-09-25
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