Ethics

Tamiflu and the Ethics of the British Medical Journal

No one expected Tamiflu to be a wonder drug, but indications are that it’s moderately useful in fighting a serious public health threat. But that message was lost last week in an ill-starred rush to beat up on ‘wicked’ Big Pharma, argues Robert Dingwall.

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Milgram's machine

The Less Shocking Reality of Milgram’s Experiments

In synthesizing the results of many of Stanley Milgram’s obedience trial experiments, modern-day researchers find the scary takeaways that have long accompanied the work don’t really hold up as strongly as once assumed..

6 years ago
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Reviewer: Journal Wilts Under Climate of Intimidation

As an echo of the latest just-released IPCC report on climate change, Elaine McKewon details how one journal blinked when climate change skeptics turned up the heat on an article exploring conspiracy ideation and the rejection of science.

6 years ago
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Human testing

Publication Ethics and Biomedical Imperialism

Applying ethics to social science research can raise as many issues as it answers. A new set of guidelines on which Robert DIngwall consulted gives clarity in some cases like manipulation of images and duplicate publication but leaves some other controversies unsettled.

6 years ago
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Is Self-Plagiarism a Scourge of the Academy?

Here’s an ethical question or two — is it OK to re-use your own words in a new written piece, or is there an expectation of “exclusivity of the written word for each publication”? Drexel’s Jamie L. Callahan examines the moral panic surrounding self-plagiarism.

6 years ago
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The Ethics of Impact

Back in the summer, John Holmwood, the current BSA President, sent me an email about impact and research ethics. Various […]

6 years ago
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Teaching Internet Ethics

Apparently Luka Rocco Magnotta made videos of himself killing cats and eating parts of his murdered victim, making the videos […]

7 years ago
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Satan at work in the university…?

How an unholy alliance of arrogant scientists and self-interested federal bureaucrats came to widen the net of ethical regulation intended to deal with abuses in medical research to empirical investigation in the humanities and social sciences.

8 years ago
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Informant Confidentiality in the Corporate University

UK newspapers have belatedly picked up on a troubling precedent that is crystallizing in the US courts. Boston College has been ordered to disclose recordings from an archive of interviews with former IRA members to the Police Service of Northern Ireland…

8 years ago
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