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Science & Technological Literacy -- STL100: Ethics in Scientific Information

Course Research Guide -- Integrated Science & Technology: Matter, Energy, Life, and Systems
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The Chemical Professional's Code of Conduct (ACS)

"The Chemist's Creed" was approved by the ACS Council in 1965. The principles of The Chemist's Code of Conduct were prepared by the Council Committee on Professional Relations, approved by the Council (March 16, 1994), and replaced" The Chemist's Creed". They were adopted by the Board of Directors (June 3, 1994) for the guidance of Society members in various professional dealings, especially those involving conflicts of interest. The Chemist's Code of Conduct was updated and replaced by The Chemical Professional's Code of Conduct to better reflect the changing times and current trends of the Society. It was approved by Council on March 28, 2007 and adopted by the Board of Directors on June 2, 2007.

Conduct of Scientists

Chemical Ethics Web Sites & More

Web Sites

These sites include bibliographies, syllabi, links, and interactive areas for students and faculty.

The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science is a very professional and very complete site designed for students in the sciences and engineering. The Center supports a "Help Desk" for students needing advice on ethical problems as well as areas with ethics resource materials, cases, codes, diversity and gender issues, problems in the corporate world, etc. There is also an extensive bibliography and a helpful glossary of ethics terms. It is supported by Case Western Reserve University.

The Ethics CORE Collaborative Online Resource Environment funded by the National Science Foundation, it rings together information on best practices in research, ethics instruction and responding to ethical problems that arise in research and professional life.


Discussion Groups

Listservs are a good way to keep in touch with the major thinkers in a field. SCIFRAUD is an open listserv maintained by SUNY-Albany which deals with ethics in science. The address for subscribing is <>.

"SCIFRAUD is dedicated to the discussion of fraud in science, such as the prevalence of fraud in science, the use of fraud and dishonesty productively in science, the structure of science, competition in science, Institutionalized Science, and the history of fraud in science."