As Individuals

We recognize that being a researcher is a call rather than a job title.

Research can be conducted in many settings and outside research institutions. Research is conducted by motivated and competent individuals and groups, not necessarily working in research institutions, or R&D departments.

We investigate realistic real-world settings.

We conduct our research in a messy world of practice, in realistic settings, with real users.

We view research as primarily being about knowledge and secondary about research methods.

Research methods are a means to obtain knowledge. Knowledge is power.

We choose research methods based on the questions that need to be answered, not the other way around.

No method is universally good or bad. It may be more or less appropriate for a research question.

We prioritize our research questions according to their relevance and importance.

We avoid choosing research questions according to how well they fit our preferred research methods. We value knowledge, impact, and relevance more than obtaining grants, patents, or publications.

We value knowledge over innovation.

We do research to obtain knowledge. We reuse existing knowledge as much as possible. We avoid re-inventing the wheel. We always connect our research to the existing body of knowledge. We know our field and its history. Our work is always standing on the shoulders of the giants. We make this fact explicit.

We share our results and make our claims explicit, public, and open to critical reflection and discussion.

We transparently report research results. Our methods, motivation, funding, and conflicts of interests are always explicitly stated.

As a Community

We recognize the importance of belonging to and building a community of peer researchers-practitioners.

We organize ourselves in communities to share knowledge, peer-review each other work, and connect and make easily accessible our work.

We recognize the importance of peer-review.

It is easy to get carried away when doing creative and exciting work. We need constructive feedback to avoid making errors. Research contribution is not research contributions if it has not been peer reviewed. We pro-actively seek peer review of our work. We pay back by peer reviewing others work.

We value collaboration and results over belonging to a formal institution.

We recognize that the community is a group of researchers collaborating to make each other’s research better, not necessarily a formal organization.