Hong Kong Principles

Last modified: July 23, 2020

Last week David Moher et al. published an Open Access article on the Hong Kong Principles in PLoS Biology. The Hong Kong Principles were formulated and approved during the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity in Hong Kong. They recognize explicitly the importance to recognize and reward behaviour that makes research good and trustworthy while deciding on appointments, promotions and grant applications. In the article the five principles are explained and best practices are given. The Hong Kong Principles are:

  1. assess responsible research practices
  2. value complete reporting
  3. reward the practice of open science
  4. acknowledge a broad range of research activities
  5. recognize essential other tasks like peer review and mentoring

More information and didactical tools are available on the website of the World Conferences of Research Integrity Foundation, were also both organizations and individuals can endorse the Hong Kong Principles.


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