Ethics

Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the Verein für Socialpolitik codifies standards of conduct for good scientific work in economics that is ethically justifiable from the association's point of view. The code is part of the association's statutes.

The contact person for the topics affected by the regulations of the Code of Ethics is the ombudsperson. He/she shall mediate in cases of conflict and, if necessary in cooperation with the Ethics Committee, develop recommendations for action for the Management Board. The ombudsperson enjoys the special trust of the membership with regard to his or her objectivity, independence and fairness. He/she shall be elected for two years by the Executive Council on the proposal of the Managing Board. A single re-election is permissible.

Guiding principles

The guiding principles of the Code of Ethics of the Verein für Socialpolitik, as formulated in the preamble, are transparency, objectivity, independence and fairness. The code regulates the interaction of scientists with each other, for example through guidelines on the use and citation of their own and other authors' work, and also the relationship of scientists to their environment.

Self-commitment

Acceptance of the Code of Ethics and the accompanying voluntary commitment to align one's own academic work with the guidelines set out in the Code is a condition of membership of the Verein für Socialpolitik.

Scope

The Code of Ethics is not a law, but an expression of social norms which apply to all members of the Verein für Socialpolitik. The editors and reviewers of the association's own journals, as well as the reviewers involved in the submission process of the association's conferences, are particularly committed to this Code. However, the Verein für Socialpolitik is also committed to ensuring that other journals from the German-speaking world conduct themselves in accordance with the Code.

Ombudsperson

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    Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

    Cologne University Ombudsperson for Ethical Matters

Ethics Committee

  • Ben Greiner

    Univ.Prof. Dr. Ben Greiner

    Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Alexander Kriwoluzky

    Prof. Dr. Alexander Kriwoluzky

    DIW Berlin
  • Kerstin Schneider

    Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schneider

    University of Wuppertal

Working Group "Code of Ethics"

A working group is currently revising the Code of Ethics.

The following members belong to this working group:

  • Georg Weizsäcker

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    Prof. Georg Weizsäcker, Ph.D.

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin VfS Chair
  • Ben Greiner

    Univ.Prof. Dr. Ben Greiner

    Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Alexander Kriwoluzky

    Prof. Dr. Alexander Kriwoluzky

    DIW Berlin
  • Aderonke Osikominu

    Prof. Dr. Aderonke Osikominu

    Hohenheim University
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    ©Simon Wegener

    Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

    Cologne University Ombudsperson for Ethical Matters
  • Sulin Sardoschau

    Prof. Dr. Sulin Sardoschau

    Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Kerstin Schneider

    Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schneider

    University of Wuppertal
  • Doris Weichselbaumer

    Prof. Dr. Doris Weichselbaumer

    Linz University Equal Opportunities Officer