Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise

  • AuthorInterAcademy Council and IAP
  • TitleResponsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise
  • Release Date17 October 2012
  • Copyright2012
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Forging an international consensus on responsible conduct in the global research enterprise.

A global research enterprise is emerging, with enormous benefit to economic and social well-being. Today throughout the world, millions more scientists and engineers are working than there were just two decades ago. Many countries are now investing substantial sums in scientific, engineering, medical, social science and other scholarly research.  Multinational research teams are on the increase. In this new global context, shared scientific core values and norms are important for both the research community and the broader public. Yet significant differences among countries have been revealed in the definitions of and approaches to the conduct of responsible research.

These urgent issues are being addressed by the world’s national scientific academies through their representative international organizations, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) and the IAP - the global network of science academies. This report, sponsored by IAC and IAP, represents the first joint effort by the scientific academies to provide clarity and advice in forging an international consensus on responsible conduct in the global research enterprise. It acknowledges and draws on information and recommendations from the many national and international organizations that have issued guidelines and statements on the basic responsibilities and obligations of researchers.


The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina commissioned a German translation of the report: Verantwortungsvolles Verhalten im weltweiten Forschungsbetrieb.

In June 2013 the Chinese Academy of Sciences published a Chinese translation of the report.

In April 2015, the Science Council of Japan provided to IAC a Japanese translation of the report.

An Arabic Translation of Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise is now available for download. Printed copies of the Arabic Version will be available soon from the Cairo Center for Development Benchmarking.  

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Document Date: October 17, 2012
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