Introduction to the Ethics of Scientific Conflict of Interest (COI)
Committee monograph (2020) by Patrick Knerr and Ronald P. D’Amelia
Ethics consists of the fundamental issues of practical decision making, such as the standards by which human actions can be judged right or wrong and how to prioritize competing values. Scientific progress necessitates the ethical conduct of research. A basic working definition of COI is a situation in which a secondary interest, such as financial or other personal considerations, has the potential to unduly influence the primary interest of objectivity in research conduct.
Professional Ethics and Chemical Safety
It may seem at first glance that there is no connection between ethics and safety. After all, “safety” implies a list of rules and regulations that we are required to follow to protect ourselves and everyone around us. These rules and regulations often have legal standing and are more than just a collection of best practices that have been compiled over the years by competent and concerned chemical professional for the betterment of their profession. Ethics, in contrast, seems sort of “fuzzy”; some people think one answer is right, some people disagree. In fact, we often observe that good people can have fundamental disagreements on individual issues of professional ethics.
The Importance of Ethical Conduct in Scientific Research
Case Studies for Chemistry Ethics Education
Credit Where Credit is Due: Respecting Authorship and Intellectual Property
ACS Symposium Series book (2018) edited by Patricia Ann Mabrouk and Judith N. Currano
This volume is based on the symposium “The Write Thing to Do: Ethical Considerations in Authorship & the Assignment of Credit” held at the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
The Chemist's Code of Conduct
The Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct was approved by the ACS Council on March 16, 1994, and replaces The Chemist’s Creed, which was first published in 1965. The Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct was most recently updated on August 28, 2019.
The American Chemical Society expects its members to adhere to the highest ethical and safety standards, as detailed in the link above.
Elements of Ethics for Physical Scientists
Voicing our Values
Lockheed Martin is a leading global security and aerospace company. They have a focus on ethics in their company that is reflected in their website:
PBS Series-- Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work
Ethics in Chemistry
Magazine article (2018) by Nina Notman
Should chemists be giving more consideration to the ethics of their research? A discussion of some of the many ethical considerations a chemist might encounter during his/her professional career.