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HEADT Centre: An Introduction to Research Integrity

Research integrity is integral to good scientific research, and an important component of applied science studies and technology transfer. Misconduct in this field leads to tainted research with devastating impacts on the economy. This deceit catalyses mistrust within society and the creates ill-conceived or inoperable "innovations" developed on a false scientific or technological basis.

The European Code of Conduct for Research Intregrity is centred upon four principles of research integrity which represent the basis of good and reliable research. These guide researchers in their work, as well as in their engagement with the practical, ethical and intellectual challenges inherent to research.

The four principles of the Code of Conduct:

  • Reliability in ensuring the quality of research, reflected in the design, the methodology, the analysis and the use of resources.  
  • Honesty in developing, undertaking, reviewing, reporting and communicating research in a transparent, fair, full and unbiased way.
  • Respect for colleagues, research participants, society, ecosystems, cultural heritage and the environment.
  • Accountability for the research from idea to publication, for its management and organisation, for training, supervision and mentoring, and for its wider impacts.


The Humboldt-Elsevier Advanced Data and Text Centre (HEADT Centre) is a research initiative focused on research integrity and the various facets thereof. The quality of research, including both raw data and published results, is pertinent to researchers. "Good research" also affects students, publishers and their staff, commissions on research misconduct, as well as all many others who operate daily in the field of research. Considering grey zones in measuring the integrity of research plays an important role in this, as does the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


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