Royal Society's Code of Ethics

The proposed code

Rigour, honesty and integrity

· act with skill and care in all scientific work. Maintain up-to-date skills and assist their development in others

·· take steps to prevent corrupt practices and professional misconduct. Declare conflicts of interest

· be alert to the ways in which research derives from and affects the work of other people, and respect the rights and reputations of others.

Respect for life, the law and the public good

· ensure that your work is lawful and justified

· minimise and justify any adverse effect your work may have on people, animals and the natural environment

Responsible communication: listening and informing

· seek to discuss the issues that science raises for society. Listen to the aspirations and concerns of others

· Do not knowingly mislead, or allow others to be misled, about scientific matters. Present and review scientific evidence, theory or interpretation honestly and accurately.


Focuses on the effects of research, enlightening the public, and keeping skills up to date.

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 Ethics code seeks to regulate science
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  MacLeod, Donald (5 January 2006), Ethics code seeks to regulate science,, Retrieved on 2011-06-02
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    02 JUN 2011

     The Scientist's Oath

    Variations on a Hippocratic Oath for scientists.
    Folksonomies: ethics oath
    Folksonomies: ethics oath