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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 weekly 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

2016-05-24
Published sensitive data on 70 000 dating online
Reprehensive and unethical, critics say. Publicly available information, state the students who made the data public. The university assumes no responsibility (forskning.no). Read more »


2016-05-24
Scientists plan to synthesise whole human genome
A group of scientists has been criticised for holding a high-level, behind-closed-doors meeting to discuss a project to synthesise a complete human genome within ten years (BioNews). Read more »


2016-05-16
DOAJ delists thousands of journals
A leading index of open-access journals, The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), is set to shrink by more than one-quarter after delisting around 3,300 titles as part of an effort to exclude questionable and inactive publishers (Nature). Read more »


2016-04-22
Karolinska questioned again
The big national project for biobanking, BBMRI, led by Karolinska institute, has shipwrecked after accusations of wrongdoing (Dagens Medicin). Read more »


2016-03-30
Patient-centered approach to informed consent
Traditional informed consent documents tend to be too lengthy and technical to facilitate proper patient engagement. Patient-centered, short informed consent content could be equally informative, while minimizing patient burden and producing greater patient engagement, a study claims (Med Decis Making). Read more »


2016-03-25
ClinicalTrials.gov failing?
With no clear benefits to researchers, a frustrating user experience, and no penalties for non-compliance, ClinicalTrials.gov is becoming increasingly irrelevant to clinical researchers and the world at large with each passing day. What does this mean for public access to research results, asks Kent Anderson (The Scholarly Kitchen). Read more »


2016-03-24
New search tool for finding reporting guidelines
A new search tool is now avaliable from Penelope and EQUATOR. Read more »


2016-03-18
Four retractions follow findings of negligence
A Swedish ethical review board has censured two biologists and Uppsala University for events related to “extensive image manipulations” in papers published between 2010 and 2014. The case has led to criticism from an outside expert over the current system in Sweden for handling such investigations (Retraction Watch). Read more »

Update: PhD might loose doctorate (UNT)



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Last updated: 2016-05-24
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