On December 13, 2018, The Oceanography Society Council adopted a comprehensive Policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct, and Guidelines on Implementation¹. This policy includes establishment of a standing Ethics Committee responsible for investigating reported cases of alleged scientific misconduct by TOS members, attendees at TOS conferences, and other TOS-related activities. The Ethics Committee makes recommendations to the TOS Council and also works with the Council on other matters relating to ethics.
After issuing an open call to the TOS membership for nominations, including self-nominations, the Council selected six committee members and asked former TOS Councillor Richard W. “Rick” Murray to serve as inaugural chair (Box 1).
The Ethics Committee has been active since its inception and has taken the following actions:
- Recommended the creation of the TOS Ethics Committee web page (https://tos.org/ethics)
- Committed to review the Policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct, and Guidelines on Implementation in fall 2019 and suggest changes to the TOS Council. TOS members are encouraged to provide comments on this policy to the Ethics Committee, via the TOS Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Recommended that the set of principles for professional behavior (Box 2) that governs all TOS members, staff, volunteers, contractors, authors, exhibitors, sponsors, and other participants in TOS activities be prominently featured on the tos.org website, in Oceanography, and as a required check box on the TOS membership and renewal forms
The members of the TOS Ethics Committee are engaged and welcome questions and comments from TOS members. To reach committee members, please email them by clicking on their name on the TOS Ethics Committee web page (https://tos.org/ethics). The TOS Council and Ethics Committee members look forward to working with membership to ensure that TOS remains at the forefront of ethical behavior in all aspects of its activities.