ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, has published the revised edition of The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, a document that serves the European research community as a framework for self-regulation across all scientific and scholarly disciplines and for all research settings. Particularly the revised Code addresses recent and emerging challenges emanating from technological developments, open science, citizen science and social media, among other areas. The publication was presented to the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, in Brussels, who recognised the relevance of the ALLEA Code as a model for organisations and researchers across Europe.
The Code sets out principles of research integrity, criteria for good research practice, and describes how to prevent violations of research integrity. The present revision is motivated by current developments in the European research funding and regulatory landscape, changing institutional responsibilities, and evolving review procedures. In addition, the Code is applicable to expanding open access publishing, and the use of digital repositories, and takes into account new ways of communicating science and involving citizens in research. The Code seeks to empower individual researchers and a variety of research bodies, funding agencies and publishers by creating a common understanding of how research should be conducted.
Finnish expertise is showcased in the revised edition. The Council of Finnish Academies member and the Chair of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, Chancellor emerita Krista Varantola acted as a member in the Code’s drafting group in ALLEA’s Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics. Also, influences from the Finnish Advisory Board’s Responsible Conduct of Research Guidelines (2012) are explicit.
Download the Code of Conduct here:
ALLEA – European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2017
EC Factsheet on ALLEA Code