The principles of good scientific practice can be violated in many ways - from a lack of care in the application of scientific methods or in documenting data, to serious scientific misconduct through deliberate falsification or deceit. All such violations are irreconcilable with the essence of science itself as a methodical, systematic process of research aimed at gaining knowledge based on verifiable results. Although dishonesty in science cannot be fully prevented through sets of rules alone, appropriate precautions can nevertheless guarantee that all those involved in scientific activity are regularly made aware of the standards of good scientific practice. The principles of good scientific practice set out here are binding on all persons active in research work at the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences.
EXCELLENCE: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences and it's researchers should strive for excellence when conducting research and aim to produce and disseminate work of the highest quality.
HONESTY: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences aims to create and maintain a culture of research that fosters and supports honesty in research. Scientists should be honest in relation to their own research and that of others. They should do their utmost to ensure the accuracy of data and results, acknowledge the contributions of others, and neither engage in misconduct nor conceal it.
INTEGRITY: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences and it's scientists must comply with all legal and ethical requirements relevant to their field of study. They should declare any potential or actual conflicts of interest relating to research and where necessary take steps to resolve them.
CO-OPERATION: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences and it's scientists should promote the open exchange of ideas, research methods, data and results and their discussion, scrutiny and debate, subject to any considerations of confidentiality.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences and it's scientists should recognise that in and through their work they are ultimately accountable to the general public and should act accordingly. They should ensure that any research undertaken complies with any agreements, terms and conditions relating to the project, and allows for proper governance and transparency.
TRAINING AND SKILLS: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences should provide training and opportunities for development for their researchers, and the necessary resources to enable them to conduct research to the required standards. They should support scientists in identifying unmet needs for training and development. Scientists should ensure that they have the necessary skills, training and resources to carry out research, in the proposed research team or through collaboration with specialists in relevant fields, and report and resolve any unmet needs identified.
SAFETY: The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences and it's scientists should ensure the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of all involved in research and avoid unreasonable risk or harm to research subjects, patients, participants, researchers and others. They should report and address any concerns relating to the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of those involved in research. Research should be initiated and continued only if the anticipated benefits justify the risks involved.
General statement regarding
misconduct in research:
Any misconduct in research conducted at the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences is unacceptable and should be reported to the contact person for scientific integrity issues. Scientists who are found to have committed misconduct in research will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.Scientists who are found not to have committed misconduct will be supported and appropriate steps taken to restore their reputation and that of any relevant research project.