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On Being Ethical in Geographical Research (Books: Iain Hay 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on April 30, 2016

Synopsis: Ethical research 1n geography is characterized by practitioners who behave with integrity and who act m ways that are just, beneficent and respectful. Ethical geographers are sensitive to the diversity of moral communities within which they work and are ultimately responsible for the moral significance of their deeds. This chapter explains the importance of behaving ethically provides some key advice on the conduct of ethical research and provides some examples of ethical dilemmas.

This chapter is organised into the following sections

Why behave ethically
Principles of ethical behaviour and common ethical issues
Truth or consequences? Telelological and deontological approaches to dealing with ethical dilemmas 1n your research

Hay, I. (2016). 3 On Being Ethical in Geographical Research. Key Methods in Geography, 30-43. London. Sage
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Association of Law Teachers – Research Ethics Statement0

Posted by Admin in on April 28, 2016

Excerpt: This Statement was drawn up by an ALT Research Ethics Sub-Committee and approved by the ALT Committee following consultation with the wider ALT membership. We welcome comments on this statement and will keep it under review.

This Statement has been drawn up with reference to other ethics statements and ethical guidelines such as those published by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Education Research Association, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Academy of Social Sciences.


The Association of Law Teachers (ALT) is made up of law teachers from both higher and further education, and for the last 50 years has played an active role at the heart of legal education. As one of the major learned associations, we recognise that you, our members, may be looking for guidance on the ethical conduct of legal education research.

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Reflections on ethical dilemmas in working with so-called ‘vulnerable’ and ‘hard-to-reach’ groups: experiences from the Foodways and Futures project (Papers: Karolina Gombert et al 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on April 27, 2016

Abstract: This article reflects on ethical limitations and dilemmas encountered during fieldwork of the Foodways and Futures project (2013–2016). Foodways and Futures is a qualitative action research project aimed at exploring the food choices of former homeless young people (aged 16–25) in Aberdeenshire. In Scotland, where over 13,000 young people become homeless every year, Foodways and Futures aims to address social injustices as well as the implications of malnutrition in young people. Four interrelated main themes surrounding ethics became apparent during fieldwork: issues of communication, trust, issues with consent forms and power relations. Reflecting on these themes makes it clear that ethical guidelines are not necessarily beneficial for researchers as well as participants, especially if they are part of so-called vulnerable groups.

Keywords: Ethics, vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, action research, young people, food choices, power, trust, consent forms

Gombert K, Douglas F, McArdle K & Carlisle S. Reflections on ethical dilemmas in working with so-called ‘vulnerable’ and ‘hard-to-reach’ groups: experiences from the Foodways and Futures project. Educational Action Research. DOI:10.1080/09650792.2015.1106958


Research Integrity and Peer Review0

Posted by Admin in on April 26, 2016

The new journal, Research Integrity and Peer Review, will be launched by the well-respected publisher BioMed Central on Tuesday 3rd May.

Research Integrity and Peer Review is an international, open access, peer reviewed journal that encompasses all aspects of integrity in research publication, including peer review, study reporting, and research and publication ethics. Particular consideration is given to submissions that address current controversies and limitations in the field and offer potential solutions.

As well as an editorial by Editors-in-Chief Elizabeth Wager, Iveta Simera, Stephanie Harriman and Maria Kowalczuk, the launch issue will include two papers focusing on research reporting:

  • Aaron Bernstein and colleague’s CORE Reference, a manual and resource website for reporting interventional clinical studies and
  • Thomas Barbor and colleague’s new guideline for reporting of two critical determinants of health, sex and gender in research studies.

In addition, there is a review of conflict of interest disclosure in biomedical research by Associate Editor Adam Dunn and colleagues, while Harm Nijveen and Paul van der Vet’s article reports on the propagation of errors in citation networks, a study involving the entire citation network of a widely cited paper published in, and later retracted from, the journal Nature.

The Chair of the Editorial Board has invited members of the AHRECS community to submit papers.