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. The website's various 'entrances' are intended to make it as easy as possible to find the resources one is seeking. Short introductions to issues in research ethics systematize the material and help those looking for a quick overview. 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.
CODEX's ambition is, through groupings of links and introductory texts, to provide access to and information on central guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process.
The selection of guidelines and rules was made bearing in mind research work in Sweden. We have chosen some documents that regulate or are directed toward Swedish circumstances, and some international documents with relevance to work here. We have also occasionally included, for example, US guidelines of special interest. When multiple-language versions of a document have been available, the Swedish version has, where appropriate, been chosen for the Swedish version of the website. There is also an english language version of CODEX.
Note that, concerning documents on ethical questions, it is not only the current 'valid' guidelines that are of interest. A researcher him/herself must always take an independent stand on various requirements and views. There is nothing to hinder an appeal from the '80s from being seen by an individual as morally imperative - even if it is not legally imperative or even if it means, for example, abstaining from a procedure that is allowed by law. Therefore, certain older policy documents have also been included when deemed appropriate.
CODEX provides links to research ethics rules and guidelines. These can be found via an alphabetical index, found under "Rules and guidelines", as well as in the research ethics summaries, collected under "About research ethics".
The alphabetical index provides direct links to external documents such as laws, regulations, rules and guidelines. In addition to providing a collective overview, the alphabetical index can be used to search for a specific document or author of research ethics rules and guidelines. Most documents can be found under both title and author.
It is also possible to do a search on the website.
The short introductions to issues in research ethics ("About research ethics") create a certain coherence and help those looking for a quick overview. They provide a detailed though limited selection from the documents. To each page belong a heading, "See further", where interesting and relevant resources can be found, such as other research ethics summaries, websites, collections of documents and so on, but also e.g. forms and contributions to debates.
Note that the alphabetical index contains all the links to guidelines contained in CODEX, whereas the research ethics summaries provide a detailed though limited selection from the documents.
On each page, the left column provides an overview of CODEX's contents and provides information on the reader's location in the website's structure. There is also a sitemap.
Each week, CODEX links to recent news topics in research ethics. The most recent are found on the startpage, while those archived are collected on the news page. The page on draft guidelines and laws collects on-going work on new guidelines, such as committee directives, referrals, EU legislative resolutions or various drafts.
Authors and financiers
CODEX is operated by the Swedish Research Council in cooperation with The Centre for research ethics & bioethics at Uppsala University. Webmaster and principal writer of texts is Th.D. Stefan Eriksson.
This website was created by Stefan Eriksson and librarian Christer Lagvik in 2000 with support from:
- The Board of Research Councils
- The Swedish Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
- The Swedish Council for Medical Research
- The Swedish Council for Natural Sciences
- The Swedish Council for Social Research
- The Swedish Council for Technology Research
- The Swedish Council for Forestry and Agricultural Research
- The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
- The Swedish Cancer Society
- The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)
- The Knowledge Foundation
- The Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA)
- The Vardal Foundation for Health Care Sciences and Allergy Research
CODEX was given new code and a new look in 2009, with the help of Anna-Sofia Persson at IT-stöd, Uppsala universitet.
We wish to thank the following institutions for providing pictures:
- National Archives and Records Administration
- National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
- Public Domain Images
Responsible for the content and structure of this webpage is Stefan Eriksson.
Last updated: 2011-06-10