We decided to include comment functionality in the Blog because we want to encourage the Research Integrity and Human Research Ethics communities to contribute to public discourse about resourcing and improving practice. One of the best ways to achieve that is us all sharing our experiences, perspective and ideas. We take our responsibilities seriously and strive to ensure it is a civil and constructive debate.
Please help us to contribute to an enlightened and intelligent discussion.
Outlined here are our guidelines that inform our approach to comment moderation. We expect all visitors to the Blog to abide by these guidelines. All comments are pre-moderated by a member of the AHRECS team before being published. We will not edit comments before posting them without first consulting with the person who has posted the comment. Generally we will only accept or refuse them.
If you wish to report a comment that has been published and you feel is inappropriate, please contact us.
We ask that community members act with respect, integrity and honesty.
Everyone in this community can feel strongly about the issues being debated, however any comments that can be reasonably considered offensive, threatening or obscene will not be allowed.
Never post material that may incite violence or hatred. We will not tolerate comments that humiliate others based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation.
We have pretty thick skins and we will acknowledge criticism of the blogs but persistent misrepresentation of AHRECS, or our contributors will not be published.
Gratuitous abuse – be it of the contributors, subjects of the story or other commentators – will not be accepted. The general rule here is that comments ‘should play the ball, not the player’ i.e. not attack someone personally but comment about the issue at hand.
Any comments that are legally questionable, such as possible breaches of copyright or potentially defamatory material, will not be posted.
Please keep your comments relevant to the discussion at hand. Comments that stray too far off topic or are largely repetitive will not be posted.
Swear words are out, including leetspeak. Comments that include SHOUTING, i.e. WRITTEN ALL IN CAPS, will not be posted.
Do not use the comments section for commercial purposes or spam. Comments that advertise, promote or solicit any goods or services will not be accepted.
Please limit the use of links in comments. Comments containing links to unsuitable material will not be published.
Comments must be in English so the community can follow the debate.
Do not impersonate others in the comments section, or post personal details – phone numbers, postal or email addresses – that could inadvertently put someone in danger.
Only submit your comment once. Comments do not appear instantly. Submitting multiple versions of the same comment will only slow down the process.
You retain responsibility for your comment and we reserve the right not to accede to requests to remove it.
There is a limit of 300 words (=3000 characters) on a single comment.