Assisting you to advance with ethics in research: an introduction to ethical governance and application procedures

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Sivasubramaniam, Shivadas, Dlabolová, Henek Dlabolova, Kralikova, Veronika and Reza Khan, Zeenath 2021. Assisting you to advance with ethics in research: an introduction to ethical governance and application procedures. International Journal of Academic Integrity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40979-021-00078-6
AuthorsSivasubramaniam, Shivadas, Dlabolová, Henek Dlabolova, Kralikova, Veronika and Reza Khan, Zeenath
Abstract

Ethics and ethical behaviour are the fundamental pillars of a civilised society. The focus on ethical behaviour is indispensable in certain fields such as medicine, finance, or law. In fact, ethics gets precedence with anything that would include, affect, transform, or influence upon individuals, communities or any living creatures. Many institutions within Europe have set up their own committees to focus on or approve activities that have ethical impact. In contrast, lesser-developed countries (worldwide) are trying to set up these committees to govern their academia and research. As the first European consortium established to assist academic integrity, European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI), we felt the importance of guiding those institutions and communities that are trying to conduct research with ethical principles. We have established an ethical advisory working group within ENAI with the aim to promote ethics within curriculum, research and institutional policies. We are constantly researching available data on this subject and committed to help the academia to convey and conduct ethical behaviour. Upon preliminary review and discussion, the group found a disparity in understanding, practice and teaching approaches to ethical applications of research projects among peers. Therefore, this short paper preliminarily aims to critically review the available information on ethics, the history behind establishing ethical principles and its international guidelines to govern research.

The paper is based on the workshop conducted in the 5th International conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond, in Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania in 2019. During the workshop, we have detailed a) basic needs of an ethical committee within an institution; b) a typical ethical approval process (with examples from three different universities); and c) the ways to obtain informed consent with some examples. These are summarised in this paper with some example comparisons of ethical approval processes from different universities. We believe this paper will provide guidelines on preparing and training both researchers and research students in appropriately upholding ethical practices through ethical approval processes.

KeywordsAcademic integrity; Ethics; Ethical procedures
Year2021
JournalInternational Journal of Academic Integrity
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISSN1833-2595
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s40979-021-00078-6
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625894
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Publication dates13 Jul 2021
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Deposited27 Jul 2021, 08:52
Accepted25 Apr 2020
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská, 1665, Brno, Czechia and University of Wollongong in Dubai, Dubai, UAE
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