Earlier this month the InterAcademy Partnership, a coalition of world science academies, released a guidebook on conducting responsible research. This report follows the IAP’s 2012 report (released with the InterAcademy Council) on responsible research and was written by the same committee.
(In March, the InterAcademy Partnership will be relaunched as a combination of the InterAcademy Council, the present InterAcademy Partnership, and two other international science advisory bodies. It’s likely to happen during the InterAcademy Partnership international conference going on now in South Africa.)
This new report builds on the general principles for responsible research outlined in the 2012 report, as well as that report’s recommendations on how scientists, students, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders can provide the foundation for responsible research. This new report is more of a practice-oriented, day-to-day guidebook on how to conduct responsible research (including public engagement) in ways consistent with the principles outlined in the 2012 report. It is not intended to be *the* resource on conducting responsible research, but a resource, especially for training and educational purposes.
Policy-oriented readers may wish to give additional attention to Chapter 10, which covers communicating with policymakers and the public. It takes care to note the different kinds of advice that scientists may be called to provide policymakers, noting the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the L’Aquila earthquake in explaining the different and sometimes competing pressures scientists face when presenting work in the public sphere.