Ehime University’s Code of Conduct in Scientific Research
- Scientific research is an indispensable activity for the welfare of humankind and the development of society. The results of scientific research are subjected to rigorous criticism and evaluation, mainly by experts, by being made public, and through this process, they become assets of knowledge shared by all humankind and are utilized. Scientific researchers contribute to the welfare and future of humankind by participating in activities that explore the various fields of science. The scientific researchers at Ehime University are strongly aware of this important mission entrusted to them, and will vigorously promote scientific research in various fields, especially in the areas of community, environment, and life.
- The most important aspect of scientific research is not only originality, but also the reproducibility or verifiability of the findings. While hypotheses and predictions based on known results should be respected as part of the research process, individual results of scientific research should, in principle, be tested and confirmed again by other independent research and serve as the basis for further development at a higher level. Therefore, researchers must be ethical, transparent, and accountable for the results of their research. The results of research that endures these trials will contribute to human society as assets of knowledge, and scientists in particular must remember this fact and take pride in their own work.
- In conducting scientific research, it is natural that researchers must not engage in unethical behavior such as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism of data. In addition, those involved in the research must be accountable to society and the scientific community at large for the objectivity, verifiability, and verifiability of the research results, regardless of whether they are the conductors, co-researchers, or principal investigators.
- Science develops on the back of individual scientists’ free ideas, intellectual curiosity, and spirit of inquiry. However, the more organized, systematic, and large-scale the research becomes, the more it assumes the foundations of complex social organizations and research institutions, and the more or less materially it depends on public funding. Therefore, in conducting research, the rules of these organizations and institutions must be observed, and fair research funding must be enforced.
- Scientific research is intended to improve the welfare and culture of mankind in any age, and Ehime University does not conduct research or develop technologies for military purposes. On the other hand, cutting-edge research may produce results that can be used for military purposes that are unintended by the researcher. Each researcher must be fully aware of this possibility when engaging in projects or individual research that may produce such results.
Scientific researchers at Ehime University are expected to fulfill their responsibilities, protect the freedom of scientific research, and further develop creative research.