Data & Publishing

As a leading scientific publisher, AGU strives for the highest quality standards and actively promotes best practices. The AGU Ethics and Equity Center provides policies and tools to help you adjust your practices to uphold the highest level of scientific integrity and professional ethics and ensure that data is widely accessible and preserved for the future.

Accessible data enhances scientific discoveries, yields economic benefits, improves decision-making, enhances public safety, contributes to global and national security and creates a more informed public.

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Policies & Reports


These policies outline practices for ethical content, as well as the integrity and preservation of scientific data.


The following is a list of reports providing guidance on ethical conduct and integrity while conducting research or working in the sciences.

  • The AGU and Wiley book titled, Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences, describes the fundamental principles of scientific ethics and shows how they apply to everyday work in the classroom, laboratory and field.
  • This book from The National Academies Press, Fostering Integrity in Research, outlines how organizations conducting research should encourage those involved to exemplify core values, such as objectivity and accountability, in every step of the research process.
  • On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research, a book published by The National Academies Press, describes the foundation of the scientific enterprise being based on ethical and accurate research conducted without bias.

Education, Tools & Surveys


These educational resources provide background information on enabling FAIR data, as well as appropriate data sovereignty and governance.


This list is comprised of tools to guide research authors and reviewers on issues around publishing, including data compliance standards.


These surveys can help you implement a study of the environment at the departmental level or the institutional level in order to inform best practices in your workplace.

Workshops & Trainings

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