Good scientific practice

Good scientific practice entails, among other things, that researchers and scientific experts:

1. follow modes of action endorsed by the research community, that is, integrity, meticulousness and accuracy in conducting research, in recording and presenting results, and in judging research and its results;
2. apply ethically sustainable data-collection, research and evaluation methods conforming to scientific criteria, and practise openness intrinsic to scientific knowledge in publishing their findings; and
3. take due account of other researchers' work and achievements.

Further, it is in keeping of good scientific practice that:

4. research is planned, conducted and reported in detail and according to the standards set for scientific knowledge;
5. questions relating to the status, rights, co-authorship, liabilities and obligations of the members of a research team are determined before the research project starts of a researcher is recruited to the team;
6. the source of financing and other associations relevant to the conduct of research are made known; and
7. good administrative practice and good personnel and financial management practices are observed.