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

Course Research Guide -- Integrated Science & Technology: Matter, Energy, Life, and Systems

Conduct of Scientists

On Being a Scientist (1989 edition)
 

Committee on the Conduct of Science
National Academies of Science

On Being a Scientist (first edition, 1989) is a booklet produced mostly for students just starting out doing scientific research. It  covers such topics as the scientific method, values in science, peer recognition, priority of discovery, human error, fraud, plagiarism, and more.

The booklet was updated in 1995 and 2009 editions. This video is based on third edition of On Being a Scientist.

Chemical Ethics Web Sites & Discussion Groups

Web Sites

Most of the hundreds of scientific ethics internet pages are lists of links to other pages, online syllabi, or bibliographies.  The following two pages distinguish themselves by their depth, breadth, and ease of use.  They include bibliographies, syllabi, links, and interactive areas for students and faculty.
The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science <http://www.onlineethics.org/index.html> 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.Teaching Research Ethics (TRE) <http://www.indiana.edu/~poynter/tre.html> is a project by the Poynter Center at the University of Indiana.  This site, while less polished than the previous one, is full of useful information, including annotated bibliographies, an online book titled Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research:  Cases for Teaching and Assessment (available for download using Adobe Acrobat), and a very extensive annotated list of web resources (including syllabi).  This site also offers Case Builder, a Macintosh program which helps instructors create ethics cases for study in class.Discussion GroupsListservs 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 <listserv@cnsibm.albany.edu>."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."

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.