Research ethics

The Civic Responsibility of Ethnographers

What duty do social scientists have to report illegal activity that they witness as part of their fieldwork? If you answered quickly, you may not have thought about the issue all that deeply.

11 months ago
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common-rule-participants

Common Rule Reform – A Botched Job

The rush to publish a revised Common Rule for federally funded human research in the United States has created a flawed regulatory regime, says Robert Dingwall., Time to tear the whole edifice down and start over, he suggests.

3 years ago
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Three-card monte

The Challenge of Regulating Research to Avoid Fraud

The more brazen the willingness to commit academic fraud, the harder it becomes to prevent, suggests Ian Freckelton. So while there is a role for codes of conduct or even criminal courts, finding ways to push temptation to deceive even further out of mind will likeley prove even more successful.

3 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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Made it!

An uncanny number of psychology findings manage to scrape into statistical significance

7 years ago
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Research Integrity in the UK – the Spawn of Satan?

A document drops into my inbox that purports to be a draft Concordat between the major UK funders and university managements on research integrity – a publication that has already been set for July 2012, but someone belatedly thought that it might be a good idea to get disciplinary associations on board.

8 years ago
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Better Drowned than Duffers…?

Last Saturday, I went to the theatre to a see a touring production based on Arthur Ransome’s novel, Swallows and Amazons…. it prompted a number of thoughts about risk and risk management in the contemporary world.

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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