We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly
« Scientific integrity » defines the commitment of researchers to adhere to the fundamental rules of good scientific practice. Concern for the truth, open-mindedness, self-discipline, self-criticism and rectitude are essential characteristics of ethical behaviour. They represent the basis of all scientific activity and are prerequisites for the credibility and acceptance of science.
It is the responsibility of all EPFL researchers to uphold the good reputation of the institution, to respect its rules, policy and guidelines and undertake their activities accordingly. It is thus of the utmost importance that all EPFL members should conduct research with total integrity.
Experience shows that, in day-to-day research work, even experienced scientists may have questions regarding the best way of carrying out their research successfully. The Directive concerning research integrity and good scientific practice at EPFL (LEX 3.3.2). Defines the rules, based on long experience, that apply to EPFL researchers in all disciplines.
- EPFL Ethics Charter (“Charte d’éthique”) (in French)
- Directive concerning research integrity and good scientific practice at EPFL (Lex 3.3.2)
- Integrity in Scientific Research, Principles and Procedures, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences