The Code of Ethics of the Institute of Chemistry defines the ethical standards of the research community of employees as they are derived from its mission: creating new knowledge, transferring acquired knowledge to younger generations, and transferring acquired knowledge to industry.
The basic guideline in the work of the employees with which they demonstrate their loyalty to the National Institute of Chemistry is the effort to implement and preserve its mission through the principles of scientific and research integrity on the basis of responsibility, communication and respect for life, the natural environment, social commons and laws.
Scientific and Research Integrity
- Respecting the principles of scientific research through continuous education and by keeping the quality of science and research at the highest level
- Diligent and honest behaviour at work, including the presentation of actual results, respecting the work of others and the transfer of these virtues to younger generations.
- The ethics of scientific research work regarding social benefits or threats to society and the environment and continuous education of employees on the ethical principles of scientific research work.
- Learning, developing and maintaining good scientific research practices.
- Identifying useful, justifiable and lawful studies for society.
- Transparency of studies in line with the mission and the prevention of possible conflicts of interest and corruption.
- Identifying and respecting employee contributions in studies and publication
- Fair, correct and respectful reviews of publications and projects of others.
- Recognising and responding to inadequate research practices with appropriate sanctions based on established mechanisms (Tribunal on Scientific Integrity).
- Establishing and maintaining relationships and an environment that promotes scientific and research integrity.
- Ensuring proper data storage and digitalisation.
- Promoting responsibilities that relate to all ethical standards comprising scientific and research integrity.
- Educating employees on ethical principles that promote responsibility in science.
- Promoting responsibility in relationships between employees at the managerial, organisational, mentoring and pedagogical levels and in relation to otherdisciplines.
- Promoting the responsibility of employees in the operation and management of financial and human resources in research, both in managerial and non-managerial positions.
- Strengthening the responsibility of employees when conducting research and exchanging opinions on good practices in the field of scientific and research integri
- Promoting the responsibility of employees in identifying harmful and irresponsible practices in science from situations of abuse of position and appropriate sanctioning on the basis of established mechanisms (Tribunal for Scientific Integrity).
- Strengthening the responsibility of employees in communicating results to the professional and non-professional public and the media: promoting ethical and responsible science.
- Respecting the principles of mutual respect and good etiquette.
- Responsible communication inside and outside the National Institute of Chemistry: listening, informing, respectful dialogue.
- Responsible communication in resolving conflicts in relations inside and outside the National Institute of Chemistry.
- Clear separation of expertise from personal opinion in communication inside and outside the National Institute of Chemistry.
- Clear and correct answers to questions posed by the expert and non-expert public.
- Clear, comprehensible and non-misleading communication with the expert and non-expert public and the media.
- Constantly establishing and maintaining communication with state policy makers.
- Continuous awareness of scientific research integrity by the mentor/mentee.
- Actively and continuously addressing challenges that arise during the training.
- Respectful and responsible relationship and communication between the mentor and the mentee.
Conflict of interest
- Recommendations according to the reference document
- In case of ambiguity, the decision on conflict of interest at the National Institute of Chemistry should be referred to the Tribunal on Scientific Integrity.
The Code of Ethics of the Institute of Chemistry follows the guidelines on scientific integrity contained in the documents of the Resolution on the National Research and Development Programme 2011–2020 (RISS), European Code of Conduct of Research Integrity (EFS and ALLEA 2011), Singapore Statement of Research Integrity on Research Integrity 2010), Montreal Statement on Research Integrity and Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations (World Conference on Research Integrity 2013).