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Conflicts of Interest – Topic on Research-Ethics.net0

Posted by Admin in on May 24, 2015

What is a conflict of interest?
We often find ourselves faced with two or more competing interests, creating the perception, if not the reality, of an increased risk of bias or poor judgment.

We are most familiar with financial conflicts. For example, a researcher could be studying a new product for which they will receive significant financial rewards if their studies result in positive findings. However, conflicts can come from many other competing interests, such as career advancement or responsibilities to family or friends.

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Conflicts of interest – Australian Public Service Commission (Currently under review)0

Posted by Admin in on May 24, 2015

Conflicts of interest and confidentiality policy – ARC0

Posted by Admin in on May 23, 2015

Policy issued by the Australian Research Council relating to conflicts of interest and confidentiality. “This policy, issued by the Australian Research Council (ARC), outlines the conflict of interest and confidentiality obligations that apply to all individuals involved in the full scope of ARC business including, but not limited to, committee members, reviewers, researchers1 , ARC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ARC employees and contractors.”

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Conducting Research on the Internet (PDF) – British Psychological Society0

Posted by Admin in on May 23, 2015

Report of the Working Party on Conducting Research on the Internet
Guidelines for ethical practice in psychological research online

“The term Internet Mediated Research (IMR) covers a wide range of research activities ranging from purely observational studies to surveys and in vivo quantitative studies to highly structured and well-controlled experiments. These guidelines supplement, rather than replace, the general ethical principles of the British Psychological Society (BPS, 2006), to allow for the additional ethical and practical issues inherent in IMR. Depending on the research design, participants in IMR can be identifiable or anonymous; they can explicitly consent to participate, or they can be invisibly observed without their knowledge. These two key dimensions (level of identifiability and level of observation) form the basis of the guidance offered in this document. Ten issues inherent when researching online are discussed. These are: verifying identity; public/private space; informed consent; levels of control; withdrawal; debriefing; deception; monitoring; protection of participants and researchers; and data protection.”