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Welcome to the CODEX website - rules and guidelines for research

This website's aim is to give researchers and other interested parties access to and information on the guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process. One can search for a specific document or ones originating from a certain author ("Rules and guidelines"). Short introductions to issues in research ethics create a certain coherence and help those looking for a quick overview ("About research ethics"). There are weekly news updates from the world of research ethics.

CODEX addresses first and foremost those who are actively involved in research, but also the interested public. Thus, no special previous knowledge is needed to understand the website's contents. We graciously accept corrections and suggestions for additions - and please tell us when finding broken links.

Research ethics news from media

2015-05-20
Companies ask for access to researchers' emails
In the USA, principles of public access increasingly mandates researchers giving access to mail. If this is a problem and what it entails for research is a disputed issue (Curie). Read more »


2015-05-17
Risky research not subject to oversight
After research projects get an initial ethical approval, there are almost no audits and we cannot be sure that they are performed ethically, write Mats Johansson and Linus Broström on DN Debatt. Read more »


2015-04-27
Temporary research data law criticised
The Data Inspection Board thinks the temporary law for register-based research, in force until December 31 this year, should not be prolonged. Read more »


2015-04-22
Yet another example of false peer review
The International Journal of Education and Research is a predatory journal published by the so-called Contemporary Research Center Australia, which is based in Bangladesh. It does a fake peer review, shows Jeffrey Beall. Read more »


2015-03-31
Inappropriate manipulation of peer review
Following a thorough investigation, BMC can now provide a further update on their discovery last year of attempts to manipulate the peer review process at several of their journals. Read more »



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Last updated: 2015-05-20
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