Scientific integrity

Code of Conduct

Right from the start of your project you should take notice of the Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice. This Code applies to scientific teaching and research at all universities in the Netherlands.

The Code contains principles that all scientific practitioners allied with a university (teachers and researchers) should observe individually, among each other and towards society. The principles are:

  1. Scrupulousness
    Scientific activities are performed scrupulously, unaffected by mounting pressure to achieve.
  2. Reliability
    Science’s reputation of reliability is confirmed and enhanced through the conduct of every scientific practitioner. A scientific practitioner is reliable in the performance of his research and in the reporting, and equally in the transfer of knowledge through teaching and publication.
  3. Verifiability
    Presented information is verifiable. Whenever research results are publicized, it is made clear what the data and the conclusions are based on, where they were derived from and how they can be verified.
  4. Impartiality
    In his scientific activities, the scientific practitioner heeds no other interest than the scientific interest. In this respect, he is always prepared to account for his actions.
  5. Independence
    Scientific practitioners operate in a context of academic liberty and independence. Insofar as restrictions of that liberty are in-evitable, these are clearly stated.

Read the complete Code (pdf, 2,1 MB).