Codes of Conduct
Last modified: May 23, 2017
Revision of the National Code of Conduct (the Netherlands)
Last year, a committee was asked to give advice on the (need for a) revision of the National Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice. Their report is published online (Dutch language). Following this advice, the committee has now been asked to rewrite the code. A round of feedback on the draft version will be organized after the summer.
ALLEA’s European Code of Conduct
Not only in the Netherlands the need for revisions was felt. Recent developments in the European scientific landscape and in academia itself, gave rise to the revision of the ALLEA code. One month ago, the revised European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity was published.
Danish Code of Conduct
A good example of what a national code of conduct could look like, is the Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. In this code the grey areas are well explained. Also, aggravating or mitigating factors are discussed. For example, a difference between PhD-students and senior researchers should be taken into account in the assessment of the (alleged) deviation. In Denmark the research misconduct cases are dealt with on a national level and QRP on institutional level.
Australian Code of Conduct
Another excellent example is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The code, as well as the guide on investigating and managing potential breaches of the code, were open for public consultation (closed in February 2017, the documents are still available). This code makes a distinction between responsibilities on national and institutional level.