Principles of Scientific Investigation

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Principles of Scientific Investigation 

1. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international scientific research program that addresses important questions in Earth, Ocean, Environmental and Life sciences based on drill cores, borehole imaging, borehole observatories, and related geophysical imaging of drill sites.

2. IODP investigations 2013-2023 will be based on drilling and borehole observatory proposals that address objectives of the IODP New Science Plan, Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future or other outstanding new research ideas. This plan replaces the IODP Initial Science Plan (2003-2013).

3. The IODP science advisory structure, composed of internationally representative committees, panels and working groups, will provide independent science advice to IODP on science quality, feasibility, priorities and program policies. The SAS is hosted by, and supported by a Central Management Office.

4. The executive authority of the IODP science advisory structure, SIPCOM, is the lead policy-making body of IODP, and will establish science panels as needed to fulfill its mandate of determining annual and long-term science plans.

5. The intellectual property of any scientific proposal submitted to the program belongs to the proponents until a proposal eventually is scheduled for drilling (expedition). At that time, the program will get the right to conduct the science, publish the proposal, and staff the scientific party to conduct the science. Every effort will be made by the program to recognize the intellectual efforts contributed by the lead proponents in staffing the drilling expedition.

6. The IODP science advisory structure will evaluate proposals for scientific ocean drilling, including workshop proposals, in a fair and unbiased manner that avoids conflicts of interests. Proposals will be assessed for fiscal and operational feasibility by the Operations Task Force (OTF), an entity hosted by the CMO and with key representatives from SAS, the platform operators and the CMO, before being included in a drilling plan determined by SIPCOM and approved by the program funding agencies.

7. IODP policies and procedures, recommendations of the IODP advisory panels and committees, and minutes of meetings will be openly available to the public.

8. IODP scientific ocean drilling projects will be undertaken by teams of scientists selected by IODP, through a process honoring IODP membership rights by participating nations, and, as far as possible, the intellectual contributions made by the original team of proponents.

9. IODP will provide open access to all samples and data collected and produced during a drilling project once the members of the scientific expedition party have had a reasonable opportunity to complete their initial studies (moratorium period).

10. After the expiration of the data moratorium (typical one year), the program will publish a detailed account of all findings, core and borehole details, data acquired during the initial drilling expedition, and make all samples and cores (working halves) available for scientific investigations by any scientist with a sound scientific proposal and proven facilities to conduct the proposed science. The program maintains a Sample, Data and Publications Policy that apply to all researchers working on IODP or one of its predecessor programs (e.g., ODP, DSDP).