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ICV Guidelines for Muslim Community-University Research Partnerships0

Posted by Admin in on October 26, 2017


The principles and practices described here are intended to educate, inform and facilitate respectful, collaborative and beneficial research relationships between the Victorian Muslim Community and the wider university research community. It is also a statement of principles to guide these relationships towards an ideal. It is not a formal policy.

As the peak community organisation for over 200,000 Muslim Victorians, the ICV has been a ‘community-partner’ or ‘participant’ in many Muslim-focused research projects over its 42-year history…

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Anglo – American Management Model of Conflict of Interest in Scientific Activities and Its Enlightenment (Papers: Wei Yi Dong | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on September 29, 2017

Abstract :
Conflict of interest is a hot and important issue in the world. In the scientific activities, the conflict of interest is also very prominent, has affected the truth of science and objectivity, but also the reputation of the community of scientists had a negative impact. This is the inevitable result of the infiltration of interest into science. In response to this problem, the United States, Britain and other developed countries to develop relevant policies, the establishment of the corresponding management model, has accumulated a more mature experience, it is worth learning and learn from other countries.

Key words : conflict of interest, research management, American model, British model

70-85 (in Chinese with English abstract) [J]. Science and Society, 2017, 7 (2): 70-85.
WEI Yi-dong. (2017) Management Models and their Inspirations on Conflicts of Interest in Science. Science and Society. 7(2): 70-85. DOI: 10.19524 / j.cnki.10-1009 / g3.2017.02 .070 .
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This paper poses the question of whether the US/British approaches to Conflicts of interest can be usefully applied to Chinese research or whether there are cultural and philosophical considerations that necessitate a completely different approach.
We found Google translate did a pretty good job rendering this interesting paper from Chinese to English.

Resignations at ‘Third World Quarterly’ – Inside Higher Ed (Colleen Flaherty | September 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on September 20, 2017

Much of the journal’s editorial board resigns, saying that a controversial article arguing in favor of colonialism failed to pass peer review but was published anyway — and that the journal’s editor then misrepresented the process.

Fifteen members of Third World Quarterly’s editorial board resigned Tuesday over the publication of a controversial article they said had been rejected through peer review.

The news comes a day after the journal’s editor in chief issued an apparently contradictory statement saying that the essay had been published only after undergoing double-blind peer review.

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Disaster ethics: issues for researchers and participants (Papers: Dónal O’Mathúna | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on September 7, 2017

Disaster responders need evidence to help guide their decisions as they plan for and implement responses. The need for evidence creates an ethical imperative to conduct some research on and in disasters. Some of that research involves human participants and raises another ethical imperative to protect participants. This presentation will provide an overview of some ethical challenges arising in balancing the dual imperatives in disaster research: to produce high-quality research findings and to engage with participants ethically and respectfully. Such issues have been highlighted by the inclusion of disaster research within the 2016 revision of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) ethics guidelines for health-related research involving humans.

An ethics in practice symposium was held in Auckland at the Auckland University of Technology South campus on June 28. 2017 and repeated in Wellington at the Massey University campus on July 7 as a continuation of an ethics in practice conference held at Otago University in 2015. The symposium was intended to bring social science researchers together with ethics committee members to discuss common concerns and to learn more about innovations in the field of disaster research ethics and ethics administration in Australia. The symposiums were funded by a Marsden grant (U00-088) from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Debate exists over whether disaster research ethics is particularly unique. Regardless, the confluence of challenging ethical issues and the multiple vulnerabilities to which participants are exposed has the potential to create a perfect ethical storm. These issues will be examined through the lens of one set of benchmarks for ethical research in low-income settings, with examples from intervention research and qualitative research in humanitarian crises. Disaster research challenges current approaches to research ethics approval procedures. The current weight of research ethics An argument will be presented that research ethics is currently unbalanced with its focus on ethical approval and needs to refocus on facilitating ethical research. Virtue ethics for researchers needs to be developed because in the field, all that researchers may have to rely on are their conscience, virtues and personal integrity.

Dónal O’Mathúna is Associate Professor of ethics at Dublin City University, Ireland and at The Ohio State University, USA. He is the Director of the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics ( and was Chair of the EU-funded COST Action on Disaster Bioethics, 2012-2016 ( He has written and presented widely on disaster ethics, including a recent comment in The Lancet (DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31276-X).

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