The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice – VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands)
The principals of responsible conduct of research in the Netherlands’ code are: Honesty and scrupulousness Reliability Verifiability
“The new version of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity will be published today. Recently, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Associated Applied Research Institutes (TO2), Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (VH), and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) worked together intensively to thoroughly amend and expand the Code of Conduct that has been in use since 2004. This amendment process, which included a public consultation, was led by a committee chaired by Prof. Keimpe Algra. (…) The Code of Conduct should be viewed as a helping hand that researchers and institutions can and will apply themselves.”
(source: press release by VSNU)
• It can apply to both public and public-private scientific and scholarly research in the Netherlands.
• It allows for collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches, as it takes into account the differences between different institutions.
• The institutions’ duties of care are new additions to this Code of Conduct.
• It defines five principles of research integrity and 61 standards for good research practices and duties of care for the institutions.
• It distinguishes between research misconduct, questionable research practices, and minor shortcomings.
• It describes how an institution must address potential research misconduct.
• On the one hand, the Code of Conduct grants institutions adequate scope to deliver a balanced verdict regarding potential research misconduct, while on the other hand it explicitly states the criteria that play a role in such a scenario.
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