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Publicly available data on thousands of OKCupid users pulled over copyright claim – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook May 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on May 20, 2016

The Open Science Framework (OSF) has pulled a dataset from 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid over copyright concerns, according to the study author.

The release of the dataset generated concerns, by making personal information — including personality traits — publicly available.

Emil Kirkegaard, a master’s student at Aarhus University in Denmark, told us that the OSF removed the data from its site after OkCupid filed a claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which requires the host of online content to remove it under certain conditions. Kirkegaard also submitted a paper based on this dataset to the journal he edits, Open Differential Psychology. But with the dataset no longer public, the fate of the paper is subject to “internal discussions,” he told us.

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Qualitative research ethics on the spot: Not only on the desktop (Papers: Christine Øye et al 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on May 18, 2016


The increase in medical ethical regulations and bureaucracy handled by institutional review boards and healthcare institutions puts the researchers using qualitative methods in a challenging position.

Based on three different cases from three different research studies, the article explores and discusses research ethical dilemmas.

First, and especially, the article addresses the challenges for gatekeepers who influence the informant’s decisions to participate in research. Second, the article addresses the challenges in following research ethical guidelines related to informed consent and doing no harm. Third, the article argues for the importance of having research ethical guidelines and review boards to question and discuss the possible ethical dilemmas that occur in qualitative research.

Research ethics must be understood in qualitative research as relational, situational, and emerging. That is, that focus on ethical issues and dilemmas has to be paid attention on the spot and not only at the desktop.

Do no harm; gatekeeper; informed consent; qualitative research; relational and situational ethics; research ethics

Øye C, Sørensen NØ, Glasdam S (2015) Qualitative research ethics on the spot: Not only on the desktop. Nursing Ethics 0969733014567023, first published on February 9, 2015
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Handbook of Academic Integrity (Books: Tracey Bretag ed 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on May 17, 2016

“The book brings together diverse views from around the world and provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, beginning with different definitions of academic integrity through how to create the ethical academy. At the same time, the Handbook does not shy away from some of the vigorous debates in the field such as the causes of academic integrity breaches. There has been an explosion of interest in academic integrity in the last 10-20 years. New technologies that have made it easier than ever for students to ‘cut and paste’, coupled with global media scandals of high profile researchers behaving badly, have resulted in the perception that plagiarism is ‘on the rise’. This, in combination with the massification and commercialisation of higher education, has resulted in a burgeoning interest in the importance of academic integrity, how to safeguard it and how to address breaches appropriately. What may have seemed like a relatively easy topic to address – students copying sources without attribution – has in fact, turned out to be a very complex, interdisciplinary field of research requiring contributions from linguists, psychologists, social scientists, anthropologists, teaching and learning specialists, mathematicians, accountants, medical doctors, lawyers and philosophers, to name just a few. Despite or perhaps because of this broad interest and input, there has been no single authoritative reference work which brings together the vast, growing, interdisciplinary and at times contradictory body of literature. For both established researchers/practitioners and those new to the field, this Handbook provides a one-stop-shop as well as a launching pad for new explorations and discussions.”

Bretag, T (Ed.) (2016) In  Handbook of Academic Integrity. Springer. ISBN 978-981-287-097-1

New Australian retraction reported on Retraction Watch – Dairy journal retracts paper lacking co-authors’ consent (Dalmeet Singh Chawla May 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on May 16, 2016

A journal about dairy science has retracted a paper after learning that it was published without the consent of all its authors.

An independent inquiry found no evidence of research misconduct, but nevertheless recommended that the institution — Curtin University in Perth, Australia – request to retract the paper.

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