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Aebi-Müller, Regina E; Blatter, Inge; Brigger, Joël; Constable, Edwin Charles; Eglin, Noëmi; Hoffmeyer, Pierre; Lautenschütz, Claudia; Lienhard, Andreas; Pirinoli, Christine; Röthlisberger, Markus; Spycher, Karin M
Back in 2008, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences published "Integrity in scientific research: principles and procedures". Since then, the scientific environment has changed considerably. In response to these developments, a group of experts with representatives from the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the Swiss National Science Foundation, swissuniversities and Innosuisse has drawn up a new code of conduct for scientific integrity.
The principles of reliability, honesty, respect and accountability form the core of the new code. These values help strengthen a culture of scientific integrity in the long run. One of the chief aims of the code is, to improve scientific integrity in all aspects of research and teaching, in particular in the training and promotion of young scientists. The code takes into account current developments in the areas of open science and social media, in addition to, shedding light on the issue of statutes of limitations. However, both the regulatory and concrete implementation of these standards, remains the responsibility of the respective universities and funding organisations.