Basic Policies Related to Research Activities
at the University of Yamanashi
November 28, 2014
From the Office of the Presient
The University of Yamanashi charter states our goal as “Having an international perspective when seeking out problems and working toward achieving their solution, creating research centers that bring people together from around the world, and contributing to the development of scholarship as well as science and technology.”
The research activities of the university are upheld by the trust of and mandate from society. Fraudulent actions considerably damage the trust and mandate and shake to the core not only those institutions with which such researchers are affiliated but also institutions that promote science and technology in our country.
Therefore, we established a “Code of Ethics for Research Activities at the University of Yamanashi” to ensure the trust in and fairness of academic research and to secure the trust of our citizens in academic research works performed by the university. We must be earnest in our efforts if all those involved in research activities and in the management and use of competitive funding at the university are to meet the trust of society.
Code of Ethics for Research Activities at the University of Yamanashi
November 28, 2014
From the Office of the President
Through research activities at the university, new findings are obtained in search for truth, and the outcomes of such activities are given back to society. This creates a serious responsibility to society such that researchers must adhere to a strict code of conduct in all their activities. With this fundamental principle in mind, we propose a code of conduct for all those involved in research activities and in the management and use of competitive funds at the University of Yamanashi as follows.
Researchers shall be responsible for ensuring the quality of all specialized knowledge present and technologies created herein and shall acknowledge the responsibility to use one’s expertise, technology, and experiences for the security and well being of society, the health and welfare of mankind, and the protection of the environment. In addition, researchers shall be careful to prevent the occurrence of any actions that can cause doubt or mistrust in the citizens of this country or any other country or that may shake the confidence given in good faith to those associated with the university or the university itself.
- Adherence to laws and regulations
Researchers shall strictly obey all laws and ordinances, relevant regulations, and usage rules in a research process and in the management and use of public research funds.
- Research activities
Researchers shall earnestly act in accordance with this code of conduct in all aspects of a research process, including proposals, planning, applications, execution, and reporting. Records of research and survey data shall be handled with due care, and researchers shall not only prevent the occurrence of fraudulent acts such as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism but also be responsible for ensuring the transparency of scientific evidence to facilitate the evaluation and criticism of research outcomes by society and other scientists.
- Management and use of public research funds
Researchers shall bear in mind that research funds are public money and must be used in an efficient manner. Researchers must also be aware of their responsibility to explain their research to society. Furthermore, although researchers may make proposals based on their initiative and be selected to receive research funds thereby, the management of these funds is the responsibility of institutions with which these researchers and their work are affiliated.
- Proper relations with others
Researchers shall be continually mindful of conflicts of interest in one’s determinations and behavior in regard to other organizations both as an individual and as an organization and shall pay particular and appropriate concern to things of public nature. In addition, researchers shall be fair in assessing the accomplishments of others and shall respect their honor and intellectual property.
- Elimination of discrimination
In research, education, and academic activities, researchers shall not engage in discrimination based on race, gender, social status, philosophy, and religion and shall treat others fairly.
- Confidentiality and the protection of personal information
Obligations of confidentiality in regard to research agreements and intellectual property rights shall be strictly followed, and the unpublished research of other researchers, in particular information obtained in the process of examining research papers and research costs, shall be kept in strict confidence. Moreover, researchers shall make every effort to protect the personal information of others obtained in the process of research and shall appropriately treat such information.