Policy Regarding Independence of Research

Policy Regarding Independence of Research

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is committed to the highest standards of academic quality and credibility for our research procedures and products.  We ensure these through rigorous internal review, peer review, and a transparent process for selecting and undertaking research projects.

While the credibility of the research any organization produces should stand on the quality and reliability of that research alone, more is often necessary. Mercatus strictly adheres to the following policies:

1. The Mercatus Center engages in research and educational activities that advance the mission of the organization.  This includes research and educational activities that may run counter to the interests of organizations and individuals that provide financial support to Mercatus.

2. Mercatus accepts financial support from numerous sources for research and educational activities that support its mission, endeavoring to maintain a broad and diverse base of support.  All Mercatus work product has to be capable of withstanding rigorous peer review of its quality and reliability.  Therefore Mercatus financial supporters have absolutely no influence or control over the research design, methodology, analysis, or findings of Mercatus research projects, nor do they have influence or control over the content of educational programs.  Offers of financial support predicated on such expectations are not accepted.

3. Mercatus will not engage in research or educational activities that are co-sponsored with non-academic organizations that support Mercatus financially. 

4. The following paragraph will be furnished to all organizations that provide or are considering providing Mercatus with financial support, to ensure that supporters understand our commitment to independent research:

The Mercatus Center is committed to the highest standards of academic quality and credibility, and to ensuring that our work stands up to rigorous peer review.  Mercatus scholars independently pursue a research agenda and educational activities that advance our mission.  Mercatus does not engage in research or educational activities directed or influenced in any way by financial supporters. To view our full policy regarding independent research, visit our Policy Regarding Independence of Research Page on our Web site at http://mercatus.org/content/policy-regarding-independence-research.

5. This policy and Mercatus practices will be reviewed annually to ensure that Mercatus is in compliance with its provisions and faithful to its intent.

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