Netherland's Code Of Conduct For Scientific Practice

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The Netherland’s Code of Conduct for scientific practice
The Dutch Code of Conduct was made with the idea that scientific practitioners and teachers in the Netherlands have to fulfill a social role in the society and that there are rules which should be followed and carried out. If someone does not keep up with the rules, one of his colleagues should address him about the rules. The basic principle of the Code of Conduct is that the university that guarantees the liberty of scientific practitioners. At the same time it is assumed that the university has collaboration between different parties with stakeholders such as employees, students and the government. Integrity is for every scientific practitioner essential for trust and it is the support
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Increasing performance pressure must not impair. Every scientific practitioner must show respect to animals and humans involved in research and research on humans is only allowed if they give permission and if the risks are justified. The scientific practitioner must use accurate source references. The scrupulousness is not limited to the transfer of information but also the relations among scientific practitioners and students count. A scientific researcher must ensure that his expertise to carry out his duties stays at a proper level.

The main message is: be scrupulous in everything you do in science.
- having moral integrity
- punctiliously exact
- the actions are scrupulousness if they are performed with care, dedication and precision
- not inflicting unnecessary or disproportional damage to the interests of third parties.

2. Reliability
A scientific practitioner should be reliable when performing and reporting research and also in the transfer of his knowledge to others.
A scientific practitioner cannot leave out results. It should be clear when the practitioner is speculating about results instead of knowing what is really happening. Suggestions about future research can be made clear. When you have to perform a peer review, you have to have respect for someone’s thoughts. A scientific practitioner must give a honest and complete overview of his skills.
- the quality or state of being
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The choice of used methods can only be based on the goal of finding the truth. When judging other publications or presentations, a scientific researcher must only be guided by scientific arguments. When giving education, it must be avoided that only your own study books are used. Every scientific researcher must inform the university about his sideline activities and this information must be accessible on the universities website.
- not partial: treating all equal
- a scientific researcher must not let personal interest, preference, affection or prejudice affect his judgment and decisions.

5. Independence
Scientific researchers operate in academic liberty and independently.
If scientific research is performed commissioned by another party, the subject must be scientifically interesting, the used method is justified and the client has no influence on the outcome. The relationship between the client and the scientific researcher must always be clear. Publication of the scientific research must be guaranteed and the scientific practitioner must be free to publish the results within a specific period of time. The external financiers must be named in the publication.
- Being independent
- Not relying on someone else

The Code of Conduct does not solve all the problems. There will always be grey areas where the Code is not

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