American Physical Society Draft Statement on Ethics
"Physicists are citizens of the global community of science and share responsibility for its welfare. The success of the scientific enterprise rests upon two ethical pillars. The first of them is the obligation to tell the truth, which includes the prohibition of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. The second is the obligation to treat people well, which includes the prohibition of abuse of power, and encouragement of the practice of fair and respectful relationships with colleagues, subordinates and students, and avoidance of bias. The American Physical Society has adopted new Guidelines for Professional Conduct that incorporate these values. Professional integrity in the conception, conduct, and communication of physics activities reflects not only on the reputations of individual physicists and their organizations, but also on the image and credibility of the physics profession in the eyes of scientific colleagues, government and the public. Physicists must strive for continual improvement in their standards of ethical behavior, and transmit improving practices with enthusiasm to future generations."