Integrity Guidelines Up for Public Review

NSF drafts guidelines of its scientific integrity principles, and opens them up for public comment.

Cristina Luiggi
Aug 5, 2011

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a draft summarizing its principles for scientific integrity and outlining new principles which it plans to implement at the end of the year, and has invited the public to chime in.

The federal agency is already guided by stringent integrity principles meant to avoid conflicts of interest during funding of grants and research misconduct. The new document mostly focuses on how the agency deals with public outreach—articulating the rights and responsibilities of NSF-funded researchers, NSF public affairs officers, and the media when it comes to disseminating NSF-funded research. It makes clear, for example, that NSF-funded scientists and staff are allowed to express their personal views. The document also says that the NSF will create a scientific integrity website in the near future.

The deadline for comments is September 6.

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