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1 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues RESPECT CONFERENCE BUDAPEST JUNE 2003 The RESPECT Draft Code for Professional Conduct Jörg Flecker & Christoph Hermann FORBA, Vienna, Austria

2 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues Why a code for professional conduct? To guarantee certain academic standards to uphold the professions reputation Orientation for researchers how to act professionally Protecting researchers against unethical and unprofessional demands

3 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues To regulate interaction between researchers, trainees and research subjects Above all, a code of professional conduct works as precautionary measure by raising awareness Conflicts regarding professional standards usually diminish after the establishment of a code

4 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues Main cases of misconduct include: authorship plagiarism conflicts of interest failure to document informed consent sexual harassment

5 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues Draft Code for Professional Conduct in Socio-Economic Research: 1.Integrity, objectivity and critical questioning of authorities, assumptions and results 2.Appropriate qualification and competence 3.Authorship, acknowledgements, references, plagiarism

6 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues 4.Data collection, protection and storage 5.Interaction with colleagues, trainees, informants, research objects; discrimination, language, abuse of power and (sexual) harassment 6.Appropriate working conditions 7.Interaction with contractors, funding agencies; declaration of funding

7 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues 8.Distribution and publication of information and research findings 9.Scientific evaluations, reviewing, refereeing 10.Enforcement: procedures concerning misconduct

8 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues Enforcement of professional codes a)Membership based organisations b)Funding agencies

9 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues Membership based organisations Ethics Comittee Sanctions: Exclusion from membership

10 Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt Professional Issues Funding agencies Universities carry out investigations and report to the funding agency Sanctions: freezing of funds, temporary exclusion from funding

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