Research ethics The university’s contribution to national and international research is dependent on the researchers’ conscious ethical attitudes towards their research activities.
The research at UiA is based in four fundamental values:
Openness Openness is the best way to prevent dishonesty in research. It is therefore important that no one intentionally hides parts of their research activities, unless there are good and commonly accepted reasons for confidentiality.
Trust Research is, as all human interaction, based on trust. Everyone must be able to trust their colleagues and superiors.
Responsibility All research involves a responsibility to ensure that the knowledge you have access to is not misused, and that it benefits society.
Respect Everyone involved in and affected by research, has a right to be respected. All employees have an obligation to respect their colleagues’ research, both within and outside their own academic field.
Data protection Data protection is every individual’s basic right to privacy and to decide over their own personal data. Every research project at UiA that gathers personal data must be reported to the NSD - the Norwegian Centre for Research Data. NSD is our Data Protection Official for research, and contributes by conducting pre- and post-project control of research projects. The research projects are reported to the NDS through a web-based form found on their web-page.
If you are in doubt whether you should register your project with NSD, please see our routine descriptions linked to in the info box on the right, or contact the Division of Research Management.
The Vancouver- guidelines; key international guidelines for publication in scientific journals, also known as Uniform Requirements. These were originally designed for the medical journals, but are also used in areas outside the field of medicine. Rules provide ethical and practical guidelines for both authors and editors, which include co-authorship, editorial freedom, the principle of peer reviewing, impartiality and the privacy and protection of human subjects and animals in laboratory research.