Norms for conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior
Why is it important to adhere to ethical norms in research?
- Norms promote the aims of research, such as knowledge, truth, and avoidance of error.
- Ethical standards promote the values that are essential to collaborative work, such as trust, accountability, mutual respect, and fairness.
- Research often involves a great deal of cooperation and coordination among many different people in different disciplines and institutions.
- Many ethical norms in research are designed to protect intellectual property interests while encouraging collaboration.
- Guidelines for authorship, copyright and patenting policies, data sharing policies, confidentiality rules in peer review...
- Many of the ethical norms help to ensure that researchers can be held accountable to the public.
- Ethical norms in research also help to build public support for research.
- Many of the norms of research promote a variety of other important moral and social values.
- Social responsibility, human rights, animal welfare, compliance with the law, public health and safety...
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