Code of Conduct

Preamble:

MethodsNET is committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form and proactively seek to foster a culture of mutual respect, inclusivity and care.

Purpose:

The purpose of this code of conduct is to outline the expected behavior of MethodsNET members. This code serves to foster a respectful, inclusive, and professional environment for all members, while also advancing the principles of responsibility, integrity, respect, fairness, privacy, and collegiality. This code of conduct applies to all members of MethodsNET and all participants in MethodsNET events, including the organizers, and applies to all modes of interaction, both in-person and online.

Principles:

  1. Responsibility and Accountability:
    • Members should be aware of and uphold the ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities of MethodsNET and of their institutions.
    • Members should avoid personal and professional misconduct that might bring themselves or the reputation of the profession into disrepute.
    • Members are encouraged to advance public knowledge and understanding of research methods and counter false or misleading statements detrimental to the wider academic community.
    • Members should encourage and support fellow members in their professional development, including supporting and mentoring colleagues where appropriate.
    • Members should not speak in the name of MethodsNET, the Executive Committee, or sub-committees without authorization.
  1. Integrity and Honesty:
    • Members should be honest and accurate in representing their professional affiliations and qualifications.
    • Members should take reasonable steps to ensure their qualifications and competencies are not misrepresented by others and to correct any misrepresentation identified as soon as possible.
    • Members should be honest and accurate in conveying professional conclusions, opinions, and research findings, and acknowledge their potential limitations.
    • Members should not use their membership as a means of conveying a level of competency or professional standards, since MethodsNET is not an accrediting body.
  1. Respect and Fairness:
    • We are committed to maintaining and promoting a scholarly community in which people treat each other with dignity and respect. You should not discriminate against, bully or harass others on the basis of: cultural and role difference, including (but not exclusively) those involving age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status and socio-economic status.
    • Members should not engage in behaviors that are offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting, or abusive. Examples of such behaviors include unwelcome physical contact, verbal abuse, sending unwelcome emails or messages, or displaying offensive material without reasonable rationale.
    • Members should respect the knowledge, insight, experience and expertise of fellow members (regardless of career stage and length of membership), relevant third parties, and members of the general public.
  1. Privacy and Confidentiality:
    • Members should respect individual and collective rights to privacy and maintain confidentiality in compliance with national and international law and regulations.
  1. Conflict of Interest:
    • Members should declare any competing professional or personal interests that may be pertinent to their activities within MethodsNET.
    • Members should inform the Executive Board immediately if a conflict (whether perceived, potential or actual) of interest arises and take appropriate actions to address it.
  1. Collegiality:
    • Members are encouraged to collaborate with other scholars, institutions, and professional associations, societies and networks to exchange knowledge and disseminate learning and good practice in relation to research methods.

Enforcement: Violation of this code of conduct may result in actions being taken by MethodsNET, up to and including cancellation of membership. Members are encouraged to report any violations to MethodsNET’s Executive Board for investigation and resolution.

Adoption: This code of conduct must be adopted by each MethodsNET member. It will be reviewed periodically to ensure its effectiveness and relevance to MethodsNET’s mission and values.