Very strict professional demands are made of scientists, and they have an important duty to adhere to the highest standards. This has an impact not only on their own further achievements, but also on whether they are recognized by society as authorities, perceived as honest and credible.
“Research workers should constantly strive to broaden their knowledge, and their primary motivation should be a passion to investigate and a desire to advance the frontiers of science. Research workers respect the human right to truthful information and strive to bring that principle to bear in practice.” Since the early 1990s, the PAS Committee for Ethics in Science has created and updated a set of principles, recommendations, and standards that apply to all researchers working in Poland. They are expected to be conscientious, objective, thorough, critical, honest, concerned, and take responsibility for what they say. In 2011 the Science Ethics Committee was appointed within PAS structures.
Its “Code of Ethics for Research Workers”, which the Academy put forward in 2012, also provides guidelines for the handling of research data, research procedures, publication practices, reviewing papers, etc.