Discipline specific codes and guidelines on research integrity

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Discipline specific codes and guidelines on research integrity

What is this about?

Some codes of conduct and guidelines discuss foundational principles which are relevant for researchers across all areas of research, and practices which are applicable in all disciplines. But there are other codes and guidelines which concern specific disciplines or areas of research.

Why is this important?

Some research areas have domain-specific challenges or considerations when it comes to research integrity. These differences can be due to methodological, conceptual, historical or other differences between disciplines, and can also reflect priority issues that stem from the kind of research that is performed within a particular discipline. That is why it can be important to have more specific codes and guidelines that explicitly address these topics and put them into context.

In particular, research areas in which practitioners have a dual role and also offer services to clients - such as sociologists, psychologists, or statisticians - often have well-established domain-specific codes of conduct. It is also common for disciplines in which researchers collaborate with industry or media respresentatives, deal with sensitive data, or involve human and animal subjects in research, to provide more detailed guidance on these topics over and above that mentioned in domain-general codes and guidelines.

For whom is this important?

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