Guidelines and Recommendations

Authorship in scientific publications – Analysis and recommendations

Scientific publications do not only serve the communication of science – the numbers of publications or of citations are essentially determining career opportunities of scientists. Accordingly, clear guidelines are needed that may help deciding who will be on the author list and in what order. The Scientific Integrity Committee of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences has summarized prevailing regulations and formulated recommendations for authorship in scientific publications. These should help to prevent authorship disputes and offer guidance in the event of conflicts.

Authorship in scientific publications (pdf)

Scientific policy advice
Recommendations of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences to researchers

Regardless of whether it concerns geneticall modified plants, climate change or juvenile violence - politicians do rely on substantiated scientific information in order to take decisions. In Switzerland, too, the need for policy advice increases; accordingly, scientists bear a great responsibility when commenting on politically sensitive domains. Against this background, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have recently published recommendations on "Scientific policy advice". They shall make a contribution to the qauality assurance of scientific policy advice.

Recommendations (pdf, 1.9 MB)
Press release (in German) (pdf, 130.5 KB)

«Scientific integrity - principles and procedural rules»

«Scientific integrity» circumscribes the self-commitment of researchers to adhere to the principles of good scientific practice. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have published a document, in which they capture principles and procedural rules on scientific integrity.
The publication can be ordered at no charge at:
Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences SAMS, Petersplatz 13, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland,
Tel +41 61 269 90 30, Fax +41 61 269 90 39, mail@samw.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Slides (in German) (ppt, 152.0 KB)
Press release (in German)_SI (pdf, 115.4 KB)
Guidelines (in German)_SI (pdf, 1.2 MB)
Academies_Authorship (pdf, 472.8 KB)
Integrity_2008_e (pdf, 1.1 MB)

Ethical principles and guidelines on animal testing

The principles and guidelines are guided by the recognition that, on the one hand, human beings cannot go without scientific enquiry on anmials in trying to resolve their problems while, on the other hand, the ethical principles of "reverence for life" and respecting the "dignity of animals" command the protection of animals. The principles and guidelines are based on the conviction that scientists, as responsible human beings, will determine, realise and control by themselves the necessary measures to best overcome this conflict.

Guidelines (in German) (pdf, 167.8 KB)
Preface (pdf, 55.9 KB)

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