ALLEA publishes new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
The ALLEA federation, which is the umbrella organisation of national academies of sciences and humanities, has published a new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. The Code was developed in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC) and aims at promoting the responsible conduct of research to help improve its quality and reliability. It was presented to Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas on 24 March 2017.
The main stakeholders from the academic and the private sector had been involved in drawing up the new Code, which now also takes account of account of current issues such as developments in Open Science, including the growing importance of data quality and management, emerging challenges from technological developments, citizen science and social media, and responsibilities of research organisations with regard to promoting an integrity-conscious research environment. The new Code is more concise than the previous version and is intended to serve as a framework for self-regulation across all scientific and scholarly disciplines and for all research settings.
The new Code has been welcomed by the European Commission. The EC has declared that it will support the take-up of the Code at national and at European level and will implement it as the required standard of research integrity for projects funded under Horizon 2020. The Code has also been welcomed by stakeholder organisations such as EARTO or Science Europe, which participated in the preparation process.
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