Research ethics

Research ethics encompass ethical aspects such as integrity, competence and independence, in one’s role as a researcher and one’s research conduct.

It is a priority for UiS that those enrolled in a PhD programme have a clear awareness of ethical standards and guidelines. The various research areas at the University of Stavanger have their specific ethical challenges.

Both the PhD candidates and their supervisors have a joint responsibility to ensure that candidates are familiar with current research ethics and relevant ethical guidelines, with particular emphasis on good reference practices and rules for co-authorship (Vancouver Convention Authorship Guidelines). In the admission agreement, both the candidates and supervisors must sign that they are familiar with this responsibility.

The National Research Ethics Committee ( has developed guidelines to help researchers and society reflect on their ethical beliefs and attitudes, become conscious of norm conflicts, promote good judgement and the ability to make informed choices when facing conflicting considerations.