Branton Campbell (Brigham Young University)
Bryan Chakoumakos (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Mitch Miller (Rice University) (CHAIR)


The USNCR/Cr subcommittee on Standards and Ethics focuses on current issues related to establishing and upholding the ethical standards of science, and disseminating scientific knowledge.

Ongoing activities and initiatives

  • Survey selected journals and publishing houses regarding current ethical, operational, and financial challenges.
  • Workshop for research administrators on “Supporting high-integrity scientific venues”.
  • Review of funding-agency requirements and funding provisions for open-access publishing.
  • IUCr Congress Young Observers program.
  • Conduct a survey on attitudes towards the inclusion of faculty structural scientists as co-authors on scientific publications to which they make substantial intellectual contributions.

Past initiatives

  • Internal report on scientific-venue integrity (2018-2019).
  • USNC/Cr public statement scientific-venue integrity (2019-2020).
  • Review of F.A.I.R. practices in the crystallographic community (2020).
  • Engaged the ACA, AIP, APS, ACS, and Protein Society in discussions on how to best promote scientific-venue integrity (2020).