JPAC Code of Conduct

A Code of Conduct outlines the basic standards of behavior that we, as members of JPAC,
follow in order to create a healthy and inclusivie work environment. This code was developed democratically and collaboratively, and expresses our collective vision of ethical research. While the code of conduct aims to be general, it cannot be prescriptive for all circumstances. Ultimately it falls upon each and every JPAC member to act ethically and with good intentions in dealing with each other and in public settings. Our core beliefs can be summarized in the following themes:

Diversity and Respect

We value an open, diverse, and inclusive working environment, which fosters respect and inclusion of all parties
We believe that the highest quality of scientific work is only possible if people are empowered to express themselves openly and honestly, and are treated as individuals. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, political affiliation, nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, status in JPAC, ability, family situation, or any other characteristic of personal identity. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind is not acceptable. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, bullying, stereotyping, put-downs, and stalking. We are aware that people with different backgrounds can have different perceptions of such problems, and that inclusiveness is a process that requires constant personal work and an open mind.


Trust between collaborators is integral for open and honest communication. In the pursuit of high-quality science, it is expected that members will act in all instances with integrity. In particular, we must safeguard confidential information, documents or data that we encounter through our interactions, internal meetings and external collaborations. Beyond confidentiality, acting with integrity means that we appropriately credit others for their contribution (this goes beyond the authorship rules, which are listed elsewhere), and demonstrate fairness and impartiality in all matters related to JPAC.


As a collaboration, we have a responsibility to strive for the highest standard of scientific rigor. This increases the value of our work, and improves the external perception of the collaboration, which is beneficial for ourselves and our collaborators. When we disseminate our research (through seminars, papers or other means), we must aim to honestly and fairly represent the work of our collaboration and others. It is important to understand that when we speak about collaboration work, we are (formally or informally) serving as a voice for JPAC.

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