TILOS Code of Ethics

All TILOS members and participants in TILOS activities are encouraged and expected to pursue the highest level of ethical practice. We agree to abide by the following code of ethics:

We work with the utmost scientific integrity

    1. accountable for our professional actions and impact of our work;
    2. forthcoming about our assumptions, interests, sponsors, motivations, limitations and potential conflicts of interest;
    3. honest in reporting our results, even when they fail to yield the desired outcome;
    4. objective in our assessments of facts, irrespective of our opinions or beliefs;
    5. accurate in our assertions, reports and presentations;
    6. open with our data, codes and scripts for transparency and reproducibility of our work to the maximum extent possible;
    7. informed of advances and developments in the fields relevant to our work;
    8. questioning of whether there are more effective and efficient ways to reach a goal;
    9. realistic in our claims of achievable results, and in acknowledging when the best course of action may be to terminate a project; and
    10. rigorous by adhering to proper professional practices in the development and reporting of our work.

We respect confidentiality and the rights of creators and intellectual property owners

    1. maintaining confidentiality when requested, and especially when this is a condition of access to research enablement (e.g., data or tools);
    2. exercising care in handling and protection of others’ intellectual property; and
    3. respecting confidentiality of information and work that is presented or discussed in internal meetings before public dissemination has occurred.

We respect each other as researchers and as people

    1. respectful of the viewpoints and values of others;
    2. responsible for undertaking research and projects that provide positive benefits by advancing our scientific understanding, contributing to organizational improvement, and supporting social good;
    3. open to new collaborations; 
    4. cooperative by sharing best practices, information and ideas with colleagues, young professionals and students;
    5. impartial in our praise or criticism of others and their accomplishments, setting aside personal interests;
    6. inclusive in treating others with dignity and respect;
    7. supporting and encouraging one another’s growth; 
    8. vigilant and stepping in as needed to maintain an environment free of discrimination, harassment and bullying; and
    9. respectful, responsible and cooperative in fulfilling our personal roles and duties within the institute.