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Model Scientific Integrity Policy for Agencies, Universities, and Other Research Institutions

A critical part of addressing challenges to science-based policy in the United States is ensuring that federal agencies and research institutions have robust policies backed by strong scientific integrity cultures that ensure adherence to and rigorous enforcement of those policies.

Prominent U.S. federal scientific agencies and many research institutions have scientific integrity policies. Yet these policies are often difficult to navigate and, in many instances, lack critical safeguards for scientists and their research such as political interference and censorship.

We developed this free model language to address the weaknesses in these entities’ policies and promote better protections for scientific integrity.

It serves as a blueprint for research institutions that need to adopt strong, comprehensive policies that protect science. Institutions without policies can use the language as a basis for their policies, and institutions with policies can use it to improve theirs.

Questions about this model policy and how to use it? Write to lawyer@csldf.org.

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