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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

How science has shifted our sense of identity
Biological advances have repeatedly changed who we think we are, writes Nathaniel Comfort, in the third essay of a series marking Nature’s anniversary on how the past 150 years have shaped science today. Read more »

The Research Data Sharing Business Landscape
An overview of key trends affecting the landscape of actors involved in supporting the publication and sharing of research data (Scholarly Kitchen). Read more »

New Journal Focused on Reproducibility
Cambridge University Press is launching a new open-access journal to help address science's reproducibility issues and glacial peer-review timelines: Experimental Results (Inside higher education). Read more »

We Need to Talk About Authorship Abuse
The academic community must move beyond compliance with standards and toward the cultivation of a greater sense of ethical responsibility, argue A. Susan & Jordan Jurow. Read more »

Swedish Government proposes stricter penalties for unethical research
Maximum sentence is raised from 6 months to 2 years for doing research without a needed ethical approval (LmV). Read more »

Your medical record is the new oil
There is a tug of war for medical records where Sweden's unique position resembles a newly discovered oil field (Dagens Arena). Read more »

Debate on new biobank act
In Dagens Nyheter a debate has rised on whether a new biobank act should be enacted as proposed. Read more »

How fake scientific journals are bypassing detection filters
A new study points out that the eco-system of predatory journals is evolving cautiously to bypass standard methods used for their detection (Down To Earth). Read more »

Demands for new biobank legislation
The Biobank Act is old and needs to be replaced by a more modern legislation not hindering important medical research, says representatives of Biobank Sweden (Dagens Medicin). Read more »

Japan Approves First Human-Animal Embryo Experiments
A Japanese stem-cell scientist is the first to receive government support to create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals ( Read more »

Proposal on experimental methods not realised
The Government will not propose that new and unproven methods in health care be classified as research. The minister is open for further discussions on the matter, though (Läkartidningen). Read more »

Prison sentence possible for doing unethical research
The Government wants stricter penalties for knowingly performing research without needed ethics approvals (Dagens Juridik). Read more »

The Rise of Junk Science
Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news (The Walrus). Read more »

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 »

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Last updated: 2019-10-11
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