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The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA – ALL European Academies) has released, at the end of March, a new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. The revised edition of the code has been developed in close collaboration with the European Commission and through extensive consultations with private and public sector stakeholders.
In comparison to its predecessor, the new code has a number of distinctive features:
The code comprises three main sections, as follows:
The revised code aims to fuel discussions at member states’ and researchers’ community level, increasing awareness of the importance of research integrity. It is hoped that this will help develop a “genuine EU culture of research integrity”.
Responding to developments for the growing importance of open access in scientific publications, the code particularly aligns with the EU’s Open Science agenda. The new code is already referred to in Article 34 of the Model Grant Agreement of Horizon 2020, which stipulates that "beneficiaries must respect the highest standards of research integrity — as set out, for instance, in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity." It is also envisaged that the code will continue to be revised, au fur et à mesure.