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Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty Ltd (AHRECS)

About the Research Ethics Monthly

Amongst the challenges faced by researchers, research ethics reviewers and research office staff are:

  • there are precious few places to find guidance beyond the kind of prescriptive rules that often characterise national frameworks/institutional policies; and
  • it’s almost impossible to find somewhere practitioners can discuss difficult challenges or share experiences and good ideas.

That situation can leave all us feeling isolated and feeling powerless to bring about constructive change. It is a counterproductive, inefficient and potentially dangerous situation. National frameworks might studiously avoid providing examples (because some users of the document can read an example as being exhaustive/prescriptive/exclusive – thus unhelpfully limiting the utility of the document beyond that example).

For these reasons, we decided to establish the Research Ethics Monthly as a monthly electronic publication written by, and for, researchers, research ethics reviewers and research office staff.

Over time, it has evolved from a single story, unformatted text publication containing only human research ethics items from Australia and New Zealand to a multi-story, rich text publication with research integrity and human research ethics posts from contributors from around the world.

Our audience and objectives remain the same, and we want to keep the publication free and free of the kind of editorial interference that might be associated with corporate sponsorship.

How you can be part of the voice for constructive change:

  1. Have you subscribed to receive the Research Ethics Monthly directly? If not there is a subscription form on
  2. Do you know someone who hasn’t subscribed yet? Please urge them to subscribe today.
  3. Do you have an idea for the topic of a post, guest contributor or feedback on the Research Ethics Monthly? Drop us a line to
  4. Do you have a comment on a post? Use the comment functionality on that post
  5. Do you want to write a post? Great! Drop us a line to to confirm our interest and the timing of your post.

By doing these things you’ll be part of the voice for constructive change

The views expressed in this publication (both in guest posts and/or comments by readers) do not necessarily reflect the views of Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty Ltd.