The Hebrew University places great emphasizes on appropriate ethics of conduct in scientific research in parallel commitment and pursuit of excellence.
An investigator and the subject of his study is not a single entity behind closed doors . The study includes observation, raising questions, working hypothesis, testing the hypothesis under controlled experiments and then sharing the findings and the hurdles with the scientific community. The dissemination of the results affects not only colleagues close to his or her circle but also to the entire society worldwide.
Along the way it is natural that questions related to the research may arise. The questions might be related to the research methods, weighing of the reasons for or against one way or another, right or wrong and proper or improper. Sometimes ethical dilemmas and integrity issues also arise. Scientific work may sometimes obscure our commitment to the values of human dignity, integrity and honesty.
In the information revolution where such a large number of scientists and renewal and revelations occur so rapidly, you need a useful tool that explains, what might once permeated the consciousness more easily and without effort, the general integrity guides the scientific community . Violation of these rules would not only damage the scholarly reputation of the investigator, but could also harm the perception of science by the public, might put life in danger and erode the science itself. It is a moral necessity to minimize the effects of both dishonesty and misconduct either by incidental mistakes or by intention. This applies not only in research but also in some other activities like reviewing articles and research grants.
The purpose of the website is to bring in a clear and simple form the theme of ethics in research and the principal rules of integrity of scientific activity and to provide guidance and the codes of ethical procedures that are involved.
Prof. Asher Cohen
Prof. Oren Froy
Chair, The University Committee for The Use of Human Subjects in Research