Code of Ethics against Malpractices in Research Activities

Serampore College promotes five basic ethics while carrying out research activities by its teachers and students. The basic principles to be adopted are:

I. The Principle of Honesty and Integrity.
a) To preserve, extend, and communicate truth with honesty and credibility.
b) To conduct all research activities in accordance with the acceptable standards.
c) To assess self-competence before undertaking research assignments.
d) To refrain from any activity that goes against the mission, vision and objectives of the
e) To ensure the accuracy of the data and information used.
f) To adopt reasonable steps to correct inadvertent errors, if any.
g) To avoid making extravagant claims not established in the research.
h) Not to claim others research activity as own.
i) To enquire about the honesty of the collaborators.
j) To avoid making misleading comments or misinterpretation.
k) To acknowledge references of research results taken help from.
l) To safeguard the integrity of the profession/ postion.

II. The Principle of Justice and Fairness.
a) To extend due regards and respect to fellow researchers.
b) To treat the peers, colleagues, stakeholders with due importance.
c) To respect the confidentiality and proprietary rights of our peers, colleagues, and students
whose material are reviewed for publication or presentation.
d) To recognize the contributions of collaborative bodies/ personalities.
e) To distribute the legal ownership of copyright, patents etc. equally to co-researchers.

III. The Principle of Responsible dissemination and Security.
a) To attract public likely to be affected due to environmental hazards and any threat to
b) To inform the logically achieved conclusions to the benefit of the society.
c) To observe safety and security while carrying out research with aggressive/ harmful
d) To avoid causing pain to any animal.
e) To take consent from any person on which some experiment is done.
f) To manage the laboratory wastes in an environment friendly manner.
g) To promote the good effect of the research to the community.
h) To publish research papers/ articles in standard journals/ proceedings.

IV. The Principle of Respect for right to live with Dignity.
a) To respect cultural, local and religious beliefs.
b) To refrain from hurting sentiment of anybody.
c) To avoid passing any comment in the research that is potentially against human dignity.
d) To protect the participants’ right to privacy and confidentiality.
e) To safeguard the rights and welfare of persons and communities whose status and
vulnerabilities may be impair by autonomous decision-making.

V. The Principle of Faithfulness.
a) To remain faithful to the institution, the co-researchers and the students.
b) To remain honest to the funding agencies.
c) To refrain for duplication of publication of same articles.
d) To produce own research results in seminars, symposium etc.
e) To keep faith of the community on researchers as a whole.