I-YES! Code of Ethics
It is the purpose of this statement to advance the mission & vision of I-YES! by presenting ethical guidelines for society members, sectional members, collaborators and participants to abide by in their professional lives. We, the members of I-YES!, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree:
- Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation is not acceptable.
- To accept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment.
- Any professional relationship or action that may result in (real or potential) a conflict of interest must be fully disclosed and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist.
- Privileged information or ideas that are obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for competitive gain.
- Professional confidentiality should be maintained.
- Accomplishments, publications, professional honours and titles should be accurately reported.
- Technical knowledge and skills should be kept up-to-date and work should be performed in areas of competency.
- Public statements should be realistic and issued in an objective and truthful manner based on available data.
- Proper and complete referencing is an essential part of any research publication. Deliberate omission of a pertinent author or reference is unethical and unacceptable. It is the obligation of each author to provide prompt retractions or corrections of errors in published works.
- All collaborators share some degree of responsibility for any paper they co-author. Some co-authors have responsibility for the entire paper as an accurate and verifiable report of the research.
- Violation of copyrights, patents, trade secrets and the terms of license agreements is prohibited.
- Duplicate publication in more than one peer-reviewed journal, which may be verbatim publication or publication of essentially the same paper, is a serious breach of professional conduct with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences.
- To seek, accept and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors and to credit properly the contributions of others.
- To avoid injuring others’ reputation or employment by false or malicious action (defamation).
- To assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them.