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RISIS – Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct (CoD) applies to all researchers entering the RISIS infrastructure and provides help and orientation in a compact and easy-to-read form. It reflects the vital commitment of RISIS to fairness, open communication and active participation in designing our processes and structures. The Code of Conduct also provides a clear indication of the RISIS focus on sharing knowledge and a favorable atmosphere within the RISIS environment.

RISIS aims to serve the scientific community in providing a large-scale infrastructure on utilizing data and data analysis platforms relevant for research and innovation dynamics and policies. Given the RISIS working principles, it has to be assured that researchers entering RISIS agree to the RISIS CoD. It guarantees that the researcher takes into account RISIS regulations across the following dimensions:

i) Basic principles and research ethics

Good scientific practice is expected equally from public and private sector as well as university research institutions. One of the RISIS key missions is to serve the scientific community. In this respect, RISIS and researchers entering RISIS are committed to upholding the highest standards of scientific ethics. The foundation for the research integrity practiced in RISIS is found in the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. This statement, along with the principles and responsibilities it sets forth, was prepared as part of an international effort to establish globally applicable policies and codes of conduct. RISIS is committed to complying with these policies. The Singapore Statement on Research Integrity is applicable to everyone who does research and to every scientific study, including the way it is conducted as well as its documentation and publication.

The researcher agreeing to the RISIS CoD automatically agrees to the research principles and ethics given under the umbrella of the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, including trustworthiness of the research, proper citation and publication behavior, publication acknowledgement of the RISIS project, among others (the full list of principles can be found under http://www.singaporestatement.org).

ii) Authentication

The authentication of a researcher entering RISIS is obligatory. RISIS makes use of an international initiative to register researchers with a unique ID, the ORCID id. It provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes a researcher from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities. A researcher entering RISIS should have an OCRID ID in order to apply. Internally RISIS can use this ID for administration.

iii) Proper use and share of data

The researcher entering RISIS is entitled to a proper use of RISIS data. This refers to the agreed research ethics (see above), but also to legal conditions. Data and information produced within RISIS can only be made public in aggregated form (for instance in publications), if not explicitly allowed by the local dataset holder. Usually, local Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have to be signed by the researcher entering RISIS, legally providing the basis for local use of data.

In case the researcher entering RISIS brings external data that are to be combined with RISIS data, data will be also kept within the RISIS infrastructure to allow potential verification of scientific results at later stage.

iv) Research purposes only

RISIS serves the scientific community, i.e. it is designed exclusively for relevant research purposes. Thus, the researcher entering RISIS has to clearly define the research path that is followed in an application template, including a description of the research purpose and the intended datasets and/or platforms of the RISIS infrastructure to be used.

v) Publish results and post on RISIS website

The researcher entering RISIS has to have to the clear goal to publish the results to the scientific community, mainly in form of conference presentations and publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Given the requirement of a clear outline of the research purpose (see above), this should be intended anyhow as significant research will always be published. The researcher entering RISIS has to report which publication channels are intended to be used.

Further, the researcher entering RISIS agrees that results of the research using parts of the RISIS infrastructure may be highlighted on the RISIS website, including direct links to conference proceedings or scientific articles.

vi) Acknowledge RISIS

The researcher entering RISIS agrees that all research published drawing in some way on the RISIS infrastructure has to correctly cite the RISIS infrastructure. This is the case not only for scientific journal articles or conference proceeding, but also for any kind of presentations (for instance used in lectures), working papers or texts for popular media, such as newspapers. RISIS has to be cited as “The work in this [study             /presentation/article, etc.] has benefited significantly and has been partly funded by RISIS – Research Infrastructure for and Innovation Policy Studies”.

vii) Reporting

The researcher entering RISIS agrees to carefully fill in the RISIS reporting after the research has been conducted within RISIS. The report includes a section on i) the researcher’s achievements and activities during their stay, ii) the benefits to the research (including which data has been used, combined, etc.), and iii) a feedback possibility to RISIS. The report is necessary for RISIS to keep track of datasets used and produced, and on the scientific outcome and significance of the research that has been done.

viii) Financial conditions

The researcher entering RISIS agrees to the financial conditions. RISIS will cover travel costs of researcher needing on-site access to RISIS datasets and accommodation of up to 5 days. Respective re-imbursement documents will be provided; expenses will be covered after visits.