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For knowledge to benefit research and society, it must be trustworthy. Trustworthy research is robust, rigorous, and transparent at all stages of design, execution, and reporting. Assessment of researchers still rarely includes considerations related to trustworthiness, rigor, and transparency.

The Hong Kong Principles (HKPs) have been developed as part of the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity with a specific focus on the need to drive research improvement through ensuring that researchers are explicitly recognized and rewarded for behaviors that strengthen research integrity. If implemented, the HKPs could play a critical role in evidence-based assessments of researchers and put research rigor at the heart of assessment, as well as open up research to the wider benefit of society.

The paper presents the five following principles:

  1. responsible research practices
  2. transparent reporting
  3. open science (open research)
  4. valuing a diversity of types of research
  5. recognizing all contributions to research and scholarly activity

The paper is not also available in German.