SfN believes that progress in understanding the brain and the nervous system benefits human welfare. This progress depends on the honest and ethical pursuit of scientific research and the truthful representation of findings. The entire scientific endeavor is put at risk by misconduct, including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, unethical treatment of animals or human subjects, sexual and gender harassment, and other harassing or harmful behaviors that are contrary to a healthy scientific enterprise.
Guidelines and Policies
SfN’s policies on ethics and scientific conduct provide valuable guidance for ethical behavior by neuroscientists.
Following discussions at the fall 2018 meeting, SfN’s Council approved a set of changes and enhancements to SfN’s Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct.
SfN Ethics Policy
The Society's Ethics Policy affirms an obligation among members to maintain the highest level of integrity in their scientific activities, including compliance with the policy.
View the principles and procedures in which the Society will operate at all SfN-organized events.
Guidelines for Responsible Conduct Regarding Scientific Communication
In these guidelines, the Society for Neuroscience affirms that the success of the entire scientific endeavor is jeopardized by misconduct.
Neuronline Digital Learning Community Guidelines
View SfN’s guidelines and rules for participation in Neuronline digital learning and community discussion, set forth to ensure productive and respectful dialogue.