Within ON-MERRIT, we conduct research on cumulative (dis-)advantages in Responsible Research & Innovation and Open Science. We are using qualitative and computational methods complemented by stakeholder engagement and co-creation. In all our activities we aim to be as inclusive, open and responsible as possible. This code of conduct summarizes our agreed behaviour for conducting research and interacting with various stakeholders.
If you believe someone is violating the ON-MERRIT code of conduct, please report the incident to our CoC committee.
1.1 ON-MERRIT code of conduct for community engagement
ON-MERRIT aims to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to every individual engaging with the project’s activities, regardless of background and identity. Every person participating in ON-MERRIT activities commits to follow this Code of Conduct and to respect the consequences of misconduct. The following descriptions of expected and unexpected behaviours are based on the Codes of Conduct of The Carpentries and the Open Education Conference.
We encourage inclusive and respectful interactions and language in all our events and platforms.
We encourage mutual support and collaboration.
Do your best to accept constructive criticism.
Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
We don’t accept any behaviour (written, verbal, physical) that excludes, intimidates or discomforts participants or users in face-to-face as well as online-settings.
Such behaviour includes:
Excluding, disrespectful and threatening language or comments on the basis of gender, looks, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability (including jokes and swearing).
Causing someone to fear for their safety (through stalking, following, or intimidation).
Nonconsensual or unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention
Repeated disruption of activities and communication.
Continuing to initiate interaction and to publish private communication without explicit consent.
Consequences in case of violation
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. All reported unacceptable behaviour will be followed up in a confidential way. The primary means of resolving conflicts will be to seek dialogue between conflicting parties, with the goal to agree on apologies to be made and necessary behavioral changes in the future. If no common agreement can be achieved, temporary or permanent exclusion from ON-MERRIT events and access to the Twitter account will be considered.
We will work openly, collaboratively and to the most inclusive standards possible. This includes striving for gender parity and diversity on all projects, where possible.
Research data should be considered a public good, rather than the ‘property’ of individual researchers. Hence, unless there are compelling reasons not to (e.g. privacy and anonymity of qualitative interview data), data sharing will be our default approach. We will re-use data and acknowledge the original source wherever possible. Data of finished tasks will always be made Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
We will implement an effective Data Management Plan for the project to ensure effective research data management and enable later data-sharing.
Software code will be released under a Free and Open Source license.
We will endeavour to reach out beyond our own networks, and especially to share our work with non-specialist audiences as much as possible, via social media and public engagement. We will favour participatory approaches and always be open to dialogue and collaboration with others.
All work presented at conferences, including talks and posters, will be made publicly available simultaneously with events, or if this is not possible, as soon as possible afterwards, via open repositories such as Zenodo.
Studies will be published as preprints (at the latest) upon submission for publication.
All publications will be Open Access, usually via a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY), but Creative Commons Attribution - No Derivatives (CC BY-ND) will also be considered especially for humanities and social sciences work, either by publishing in OA journals or other peer-reviewed media, or via archiving author-accepted manuscripts immediately upon acceptance or publication.
Authorship will be strictly according to contributions (no ‘gift’ or ‘ghost’ authorship) and author contributions shall be clearly stated for each publication (e.g., via the CREDIT taxonomy).
Dr. Birgit Schmidt - Göttingen State and University Library email