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Code of Ethics


The Indian Social Science Council's (ISSC) Code of Ethics consists of a Preamble and four sets of specific Ethical Standards. Membership in the ISSC commits members to adhere to it.

The Code of Ethics is not exhaustive, all-embracing and rigid. The fact that a particular conduct is not addressed specifically by the Code of Ethics does not mean the conduct is necessarily either ethical or unethical.


Social scientists work to develop a reliable and valid body of scientific knowledge based on research and, thereby, to contribute to the improvement of the human condition. The primary goals of the Code of Ethics, a symbol of the identity of the ISSC, are
(1) to protect the welfare of groups and individuals with whom and on whom Social scientists work or who are involved in Social scientists' research efforts and
(2) to guide the behaviour and hence the expectations of ISSC members, both between themselves and toward the society at large. Those who accept its principles are expected to interpret them in good faith, to respect them, to make sure they are respected and to make them widely known.

Each social scientist supplements the Code of Ethics in ways based on her/his own personal values, culture and experience. Each social scientist supplements, but does not violate, the standards outlined in this Code of Ethics. It is the individual responsibility of each social scientist to aspire to the highest standards of conduct.

The efficacy of a Code of Ethics relies principally upon the self-discipline and self-control of those to whom it applies.