Hong Kong Principles

The Hong Kong Principles for assessing researchers were formulated and endorsed at the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity, June 2019 in Hong Kong. These principles will help research institutions that adopt them to minimise perverse incentives that invite to engage in questionable research practices or worse.

The Hong Kong Principles are chosen with a view to explicitly recognise and reward researchers for behaviour that leads to trustworthy research by avoiding questionable research practices. The principles have been developed with the idea in mind that their implementation could help to assess researchers for career advancement with a focus on behaviours that strengthen research integrity. Five principles were formulated:

  1. assess responsible research practices
  2. value complete reporting
  3. reward the practice of open science
  4. acknowledge a broad range of research activities
  5. recognise essential other tasks like peer review and mentoring 

For each principle a rationale for its inclusion is provided and examples of research institutions where these principles are already being adopted are given.

You can read the article on the Hong Kong Principles here or here.

Some Q&As on the Hong Kong Principles are available here.

Endorse

Both institutions and individuals can endorse the Hong Kong Principles and are listed as endorsing individual or institution.

You are cordially invited to endorse the Hong Kong principles as institution here

You are cordially invited to endorse the Hong Kong principles as individual here

An infographic of the Hong Kong Principles is available as PDF, PPTX or PNG.

A short PowerPoint presentation you may want to use is made available here.

And a commentary placing the Hong Kong Principles in context can be found here.

The article on the Hong Kong Principles has been translated in Chinese. If you want to add another translation please follow the CONSORT Translation Policy and sent it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are collecting best practices of implementing one or more of the Hong Kong Principles. Please send documentation on a best practice you would like to share to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A collection of best practices will be shared here.

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