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Community guidelines

The mission of INCF is to develop, evaluate, and endorse standards and best practices that embrace the principles of Open, FAIR, and Citable neuroscience to make neuroscience a more inclusive discipline. To accomplish this mission, the INCF network makes data, tools, and services freely accessible to the global neuroscience community regardless of membership status or national origin. These services include an online hub of multimedia educational resources  that provide training on how standards and best practices facilitate reproducibility and enables the publishing of the entirety of research output, including data and code. In order to further increase inclusivity within the network, INCF has expanded its national membership model to include membership levels that enable individuals, laboratories, societies, and universities to join. 

INCF is a network of culturally diverse researchers, developers, industry representatives, publishers, and funders, who aims to promote open and FAIR neuroscience globally.  INCF is committed to maintaining an open and inclusive environment where human diversity is welcomed and respected. We therefore expect community members to be respectful of different cultural practices, attitudes, and beliefs. This includes being aware of preferred titles and pronouns, as well as using a respectful tone of voice. INCF honors diversity in age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. 

As an organization, INCF works to ensure that its leadership, event speakers, committee members, and WGs reflect the diversity of the network. While we do not assume INCF members know the cultural practices of every ethnic and cultural group, we expect members to recognize and appreciate differences within our community. This means being open to learning from and educating others, as well as educating yourself.

Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct applies to all event venues and online activities managed by INCF including the INCF Assembly, and online content posted under INCF’s social media accounts. We expect our community to honor the Code of Conduct. This code is not exhaustive or complete. We ask community members to adhere to it as much in spirit as in letter to create a safe and positive experience for all.

INCF stands against discrimination in all forms and at every organizational level. Discrimination based on, but not limited to geographic location, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, accent, race, ethnicity, age or religion does not abide by INCF’s core values. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of event participants and organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of dominance related to geographic location, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.

  • Sexual images in public spaces, including talks and advertisements by sponsors / booths.

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes and all forms of cyberbullying

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

INCF expects participants to follow the rules listed above at all event venues and event-related social and online activities. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all participants. Potential actions include and are not limited to: warning the offender, expulsion from the specific event, or immediate expulsion from the conference without refund. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to disrupt the event or make the environment hostile for any participants. Incidences of sexual misconduct will be reported to local legal authorities and the home institution of the offender.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to, or via phone to either of the directors (contact information can be found at Reports can be made personally or anonymously. We will investigate it to the best of our ability and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence. When taking a personal report, INCF will endeavor to use a location that is safe and private. We may involve event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. 

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, and to otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

This statement has drawn material from the OHBM Code of Conduct and the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines.