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National provisions and guidelines


A national Code of Conduct for Research Integrity was adopted in Denmark in november 2014  The Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity was prepared by a multidisciplinary academic working group set up by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and Danish Universities. All 8 Danish Universities have agreed with the document that stipulates

  • Three principles of research Integrity: Honesty, Transparency and Accountability
  • Six minimum standards for Responsible Conduct of Research 
  • Recommendations for research integrity teaching, training and supervision
  • Recommendations for orderly handlingof breaches of Responsible Conduct of Research 

Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

In Denmark, a central national body - the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (DCSD) - may investigate cases of suspicion of scientific dishonesty important to Danish research. 

Scientific dishonesty (research misconduct) is defined in the executive order of DCSD as:

Falsification, Fabrication, Plagiarism and other serious violations of good scientific practice committed wilfully or gross negligent in planning, performing, or reporting of research results.

Read the executive order

On the DCSD website you may find the full set of regulation for DCSD and the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty's guidelines on good scientific practice (in Danish).

United Kingdom:  

2012 saw the drafting of a national code on responsible conduct of research in the United Kingdom - "The Concordat to Support Research Integrity-Universities UK”. The code is a framework designed to uphold integrity of the research at the universities of the UK and presents clear descriptions of the research institution's as well as the individual researcher's duties to uphold research integrity and responsible conduct of research.

The Concordat to support Research Integrity


The new Irish national policy statement on ensuring research integrity was adopted in June 2014. The policy is developed by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) in collaboration with main  research organisations in Ireland. The policy aims to  " commit the main organisations in Irish research to the highest standards of integrity in carrying out their research so that partners and other stakeholders, and the international research community may have full confidence in the Irish research system."

National policy statement on ensuring research integrity in Ireland

The Netherlands

Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

The Singapore Statement and the Montreal Statement

The Singapore Statement from 2010 is an international initiative aiming to develop joint principles, definitions and guidelines for research integrity and responsible conduct of research worldwide. In the autumn of 2013, the Singapore Declaration was supplemented by a Montreal Statement with  recommendations on how to ensure research integrity in collaborative research projects spanning countries, research disciplines and sectors.

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity  

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity from 2011 (revised 2017) was prepared by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in cooperation with the ALLEA (European Federation of all Academies for Sciences and Humanities). The document testifies to agreement among approx. 30 European countries on an overall set of principles on research integrity and it also contains a series of recommendations and proposals for precise procedures for the handling of breaches with responsible conduct of research.  

InterAcademy Council

In 2012, the global network of scientific academies organised under the InterAcademy Council prepared the report ”Responsible Conduct in Global Research Enterprise”. The report addresses the challenges imposed on the field of science by the increase in global research, and is a joint effort to achieve a clear consensus on joint scientific core values and responsible behaviour in global research practice. 


In 2012, the international association of universities, the IAU-MCO, adopted a document outlining institution-level ethical guidelines for institutions of higher education. The document presents a range of fundamental values and principles that institutions are to uphold and provides instructions detailing how these may be integrated into the institution's strategies and policies.

The Global Research Council

 On its annual meeting in Berlin in April of 2013, the Global Research Council, counting approx. 70 research fund directors from across the world adopted a statement on integrity in research and an Action Plan towards Open Access to Publications.

The Vancouver guidelines (ICMJE)

The Vancouver authorship guidelines − the "uniform requirements" − were prepared by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, "The Vancouver Group" and have since been adopted by 600 medical journals. The rules define authorship and outline clear criteria for co-authorship to be fulfilled by every individual researcher.

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