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Public consultation draft version Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

 
It is vital that research is carried out in accordance with the principles of research integrity. For this reason, there has been a Dutch Code of Conduct for Academic Practice since 2004. In June 2016, a committee recommended revising the current Code of Conduct for Academic Practice (2014). You can read the recommendation report here (Dutch only). In response, the boards of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Federation of Applied Research Organisations (TO2), the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) asked the committee to prepare a new text for this Code. 
 
Who has prepared the version for consultation purposes of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity?
The Committee for Reviewing the Code of Conduct for Academic Practice has been working on the new Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity for the past year. The new Code is an extensive revision of the existing Dutch Code of Conduct for Academic Practice. In the autumn of 2017, the committee organised an initial consultation round, which consisted of a number of consultation meetings to discuss the Code. In addition, the committee interviewed a number of experts. The committee used the outcomes of the initial consultation round to fine-tune the draft Code of Conduct.
 
Researchers have the floor
The committee is now asking for feedback from researchers. The draft Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has been made available for a public consultation, during which researchers and other interested parties can provide feedback on the version for consultation purposes of the text. They can do so by completing the consultation form here.
 
Why the need for a Code of Conduct for Research Integrity?

This version for consultation purposes of the Code elaborates the principles of proper and honest scientific practice, i.e. honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence and responsibility. In addition, it contains a clear formulation of the guidelines for responsible research practices that stem from these principles. The principles and guidelines in the Code will be taught and applied widely. This clarity is of great importance to ensure the quality and trustworthiness of scientific research. 
 
In sum, the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity serves as a normative framework for researchers. In addition, the version for consultation purposes of the Code of Conduct describes ways to deal with suspected breaches of research integrity. Furthermore, the draft text outlines the duties of institutions with regard to the promotion of research integrity. 
 
Public consultation

The draft Code of Conduct will be available for public consultation from 1 February until 1 March inclusive. The committee will consider the feedback and incorporate it into the text of the Code where necessary. Subsequently, the committee will offer the new Code of Conduct to its clients, i.e. the boards of the KNAW, the NFU, the NWO, the TO2 Federation, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and the VSNU. The definitive text of the new Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity will ultimately be determined by the boards.
 
Summary 
The committee will make the draft Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity available for public consultation.
 
Start of public consultation: 1 February 2018
Deadline for submission of feedback: 1 March 2018
 
You can download the version for public consultation purposes of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity here.
 
Please note that this is a draft. As such, the text has not been approved by the boards of the KNAW, the NFU, the NWO, the TO2 Federation, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences or the VSNU.
 
Consultation form
You can complete the consultation form here
 
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
 
The Committee for Reviewing the Code of Conduct for Academic Practice 
 
Please note: due to the expected high volume of feedback, the committee regrets that it will be unable to respond to your feedback directly. Your feedback will be reviewed exclusively by the committee and will not be made public.
 
Translation Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
The English translation is a preliminary translation for consultation purposes of the draft version of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. As this translation is not authorised by the committee that has drawn up the consultation version of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, the text is a preliminary translation of the Dutch original. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the Dutch text shall prevail.
 
A translation authorised by the committee and based on the final version of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity will become available later. Regardless of any substantive changes made to the text of the code, this translation will very likely differ from the translation made available during the consultation.