The following three texts are the best representatives of three types of literature on chemical research ethics: a primer for professional behavior, a standardized set of guidelines and recommendations for ethical practice, and a handbook for ethics instructors.
- Committee on Science, Engineering, And Public Policy. On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1995. <http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/obas/>.
- This is the most often cited book for ethics in chemistry. It is a book which every chemist (both student and professional) should read and which every major library should own. It is available for $5 from the NAS (discounts given when more than 10 copies are bought at once) or for free at the website.
- National Academy of Sciences. Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Vols. I and II. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1992.
- This is the report of the Panel on Scientific Responsibility and the Conduct of Research, first convened in 1989 to study and make recommendations regarding ethical research practices.
- Stern, Judy E. and Deni Elliott. The Ethics of Scientific Research: A Guidebook for Course Development. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997.
- "This guidebook for instructors details experiences in training faculty and in planning, teaching, and evaluating a course in ethics for students of science" at Dartmouth College. Stern and Elliott also edited Research Ethics: A Reader (see Case Studies).