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At the request of its Position Statement Task Force, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) assembled a panel of experts to craft a statement on the integrity of the scientific process and the responsibilities and rights of scientists. An AGU member suggested this topic  through the organization’s position statement proposal process. AGU has not previously addressed this topic in a position statement, although the AGU Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics policy was adopted in 2013.

The comment period closes on 1 November 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Click here to access the draft statement and an online form in which to provide comments. AGU asks its members to comment on the draft during the next 30 days. The panel will review those comments before preparing a final version of the statement.

The comment period closes on 1 November 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

AGU position statements relate the understanding and application of the Earth and space sciences to relevant public policy. AGU encourages members to use the organization’s position statements to help communicate with stakeholders about important topics pertinent to its sciences. A list of current AGU position statements resides on the AGU Position Statements and Letters Web page.

Panel members for this position statement are Scott Mandia (chair), Michel Campillo, Jasmine Crumsey, Clinton Foster, Linda Gunderson, Rob Jackson, Susan Kieffer, Jerry Miller, Michael Oppenheimer, and Karen Wayland.

—Elizabeth Landau, Public Affairs Manager, AGU; email:


Landau, E. (2016), Call for comments: Responsibilities and rights of scientists, Eos, 97, Published on 03 October 2016.

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