AHRECS has always had two primary missions: to provide relevant and up-to-date information services on human research ethics and research integrity and to provide expert consultancy services in those areas. We have developed and maintain free services – the Research Ethics Monthly and the Resources Library – that feedback shows are increasingly used and valued. We actively maintain these by regular surveying relevant literature to identify items of interest and value. We have attracted a regular community of readers and user of our services.
We have come to the view that, in order to ensure that these are maintained, a subscriber or patronage arrangement is needed. This patrons’ area will provide additional online services and resources.
We plan to establish such a subscription/patron’s area on 1 July. Our aim is to make available to subscribers material that supplements what we continue to offer at no charge and so rewards those who commit to this way of supporting us.
There will be different financial levels of patronage, starting at 1USD a month. For research institutions, our expectation is that one (for example, the ethics manager) or two (the HREC Chair as well) would become patrons, but we would of course be delighted if members of the research ethics committees and researchers (from all disciplines and across career stages) who are an important intended audience for this new material, decide to become AHRECS patrons.
The kinds of things that will be available are:
(i) Vignettes on human research ethics/research integrity topics;
(ii) Commentaries (about 300 words) on breaking news and significant research outputs;
(iii) A few times a year a group Q&A session with one of the AHRECS consultants;
(iv) Booklets and resource papers; and
(v) Periodic webinars on topics nominated by patrons.
The information and resources will be shared on a non-commercial creative commons basis.
On the more fun side of things, patrons will be able to download images AHRECS have commissioned for use in professional development workshops and receive free mugs/desktop mice pads.
The base level of subscription will grant access to an exclusive behind the scenes feed from the AHRECS team.
The monthly payments will be via Patreon and Paypal and can be discontinued or modified at any time without losing the right to use already downloaded material.
We’re excited by this new way to engage with the human research ethics and research integrity communities.
Rest assured the Resource Library and Research Ethics Monthly will continue and remain free.