Principles of science and ethical guidelines for scientific conduct (v9.0)

«I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.»
– Michael Crichton


Principles of science and ethical guidelines for scientific conduct (v8.0)

Strange as it may seem, it is hard to find a set of well-defined principles for science.

Although some have proposed that these principles should be written down and formalised, the principles and traditions of science are, for the most part, conveyed to successive generations of scientists through example, discussion, and informal education.

Examples of scientific malpractice demonstrates that example, discussion, and informal education may not be a sufficiently robust strategy.

This thesis defines a set of principles for science.

From these principles a set of ethical guidelines are derived.

These principles and guidelines defines a standard that will make it easier to identify malpractice.

Ethical guidelines for scientific conduct

The ethical guidelines in this post are directly derived from The principles of science (v7.5), and are strictly related to the activity of establishing and providing true and independently verifiable knowledge.

Many scientific organization issues codes of conduct. Typically for these codes of conduct is that they are more about the relation between scientists, their organizations and the society than about science itself.