Last updated: May 15, 2019


Conduct Policy

  1. Overview
  2. Expected Behaviour
  3. Unacceptable Behaviour
  4. How to Report Violations
  5. Consequences of Violations
  6. Notice and Appeal
  7. Modifications to this Policy
  8. License and Attribution
  9. Questions and Feedback


With Qeios, we are providing a space where any researcher can feel comfortable to spread research, ideas and thoughts. A space where knowledge can freely come from every discipline and culture. A space where discussion and collaboration can foster advancement in a constructive manner. A space where any contributor can introduce new ideas fearlessly, inspire others and get inspired. A space where participation and openness aim to increase the quality of research and ultimately contributing to the wellbeing and happiness of people throughout the world.

In order to provide a welcoming, safe and positive environment, all Qeios users are required to agree and adhere to this code of conduct, both online and in all activities that may regard to Qeios offline.

These rules aim to support a community where everyone should feel safe to contribute and inspire others, regardless of background, family status, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, native language, ability, race and/ or ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, geographic location and any other dimension of diversity.

Expected Behaviour

Each Qeios user is expected to behave as follows:

Respect and Kindness

Value each other's ideas, styles and viewpoints. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. Be open to different possibilities and to being wrong. Be kind in all interactions and communications, especially when debating the merits of different options. Be aware of your impact and how intense interactions may be affecting people. Be direct, constructive and positive. Take responsibility for your impact and your mistakes – if someone says they have been harmed through your words or actions, listen carefully, apologise sincerely, and correct the behaviour going forward.

Fairness and Honesty

Be always fair and honest.

Openness and Inclusion

Our goal should not be to "win" every disagreement or argument. A more productive goal is to be open to ideas that make our own ideas better. Strive to be an example for inclusive thinking. "Winning" is when different perspectives make our work richer and stronger.

Seek diverse perspectives. Diversity of views and of people on teams powers innovation, even if it is not always comfortable. Encourage all voices. Help new perspectives be heard and listen actively.

Be open to learning from and educating others as well as educating yourself.

Helpfulness and Empathy

Behave professionally. Provide clear and useful information and show empathy towards other community members.

Unacceptable Behaviour

Behaviours that will not be tolerated include (but are not limited to):

Violence and Threat of Violence

Violence and threats of violence are not acceptable - online or offline. This includes incitement of violence toward any individual, including encouraging a person to commit self-harm.

Personal Attacks

Conflicts will inevitably arise, but frustration should never turn into a personal attack. It is not okay to insult, demean or belittle others. Attacking someone for their opinions, beliefs and ideas is not acceptable. It is important to speak directly when we disagree and when we think we need to improve, but such discussions must be conducted respectfully and professionally, remaining focused on the issue at hand.


Posting or threatening to post other people's personally identifying information ("doxxing") online is not permitted.

Hate Speech

Hurtful or harmful language related to background, family status, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, native language, age, ability, race and/or ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, geographic location, and other attributes is not acceptable. If you're unsure if a word is derogatory, don't use it.


Harassment is not tolerated in any form. This includes any behaviour that adversely affects others, such as: deliberate intimidation, offensive comments, unwelcome sexual attention (e.g. sexualised comments, or imagery in interactions, communications or presentation materials) and inappropriate physical contact.

Deceptive Conduct

Impersonating a person or acting as another organisation without permission is not allowed. False or misleading information will not be accepted. This includes, among others, false reporting, especially to retaliate or exclude.

How to Report Violations

Violations of these rules may be reported by sending an email to

In addition, any piece of content (Articles, Definitions and Reviews) can be directly reported by using the "Report" feature in the respective 3-dot menu.

Please also contact us if you witness any unwelcome or inappropriate behaviour.

Any report will be treated confidentially.

Consequences of Violations

Each report will be reviewed and actions will be taken if someone is found to be in violation of any Qeios policy. In deciding whether a behaviour violates these policies, everything that is deemed appropriate or necessary will be taken into account like the nature of the action, the nature of the published content, the context and the applicable laws.

In general, depending on the severity of the code of conduct violation, a user may be warned, banned temporarily or banned in perpetuity from the access to the online space and/or any activities (e.g. events) that could take place offline.

Content that violates this policy will be removed.

Notice and Appeal

If your content is flagged for review, we will give you notice through email before remove it. You will not receive any notice in advance if the content is causing harm to others or there is a court order. In such cases, the content will be removed immediately.

If the review determines a violation, you will get notice about the following: a) what content has been removed, b) an explanation of the violation and c) what action will be taken in place (e.g. warning, temporary ban or perpetual ban).

If you think we have made a mistake you can appeal the decision by sending an email to

Qeios supports the goals and spirit of The Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation as a starting point for further discussion.

Modifications to this Policy

Qeios may amend this policy from time to time. Your agreement to comply with the policy will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

License and Attribution

This set of rules is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA 3.0).

These rules have been adapted with modifications from Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines.

Questions and Feedback

If you have any questions or feedback regarding these rules, do not hesitate to contact us at