Research ethics involves the application of fundamental ethical principles to a variety of topics involving Research, including Scientific research. The principal aim of research ethics according to the ethics review from economic and social research council (ESRC) is, as far as possible, to protect all groups involved in research: participants, institutions, funders and researchers throughout the lifetime of the research and into the dissemination process. Research integrity is closely linked.
6 Key Principles
- Research should be designed, reviewed and undertaken to ensure integrity, quality and transparency.
- Research staff and participants must normally be informed fully about the purpose, methods and intended possible uses of the research, what their participation in the research entails and what risks, if any, are involved. [...]
- The confidentiality of information supplied by research participants and the anonymity of respondents must be respected.
- Research participants must take part voluntarily, free from any coercion.
- Harm to research participants must be avoided in all instances.
- The independence of research must be clear, and any conflicts of interest or partiality must be explicit.
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