Ethics and values Statement

19.1 Guidelines on Ethics

Effective April 10, 2019

As citizens of the global community of science, physicists share responsibility for its welfare. The success of the scientific enterprise rests upon two ethical pillars:

  • The first of them is the obligation to tell the truth, which includes avoiding fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism
  • The second is the obligation to treat people well, which prohibits abuse of power, encourages fair and respectful relationships with colleagues, subordinates, and students and eschews bias, whether implicit or explicit

Professional integrity in the conception, conduct and communication of physics activities reflects not only on the reputations of individual physicists and their organizations, but also on the image and credibility of the physics profession in the eyes of scientific colleagues, government, and the public.

Physicists must adopt high standards of ethical behavior and transmit improving practices with enthusiasm to future generations.

Ethical guidelines

Based on this Ethics Statement, APS provides ethics guidelines to support our values and lay out appropriate and inappropriate behavior in the physics community.

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