Ethics in Research

Ethics at it’s core, whether it be formal or informal, are guidelines by which we decide whether something is morally sound. Making sure your research is ethical is important in assuring that subjects of study, and the researchers themselves, are safe from physical, emotional, legal and social harm.

There are many conflicting ideas of ethics, which represents the conflicting that all of us as humans have. My sense of ethicality may be very different to yours, even though we may both have the best of intentions. This is why there are some standardised versions of ethical guidelines, such as the HREC. The HREC protects research in certain fields by making sure it is conducted in a ethical manner with causing harm.

Privacy is a big concern when it comes to ethics. You must neither breach someones request for privacy nor the opposite. Confidentiality agreements must be upheld, even if they person you are interviewing can be identified by you or others via external information such as voice or appearance.Ethical guidelines for data analysis are very common sense. Don’t tamper with evidence, don’t allow errors in your data, do not plagiarize, do not conceal information, don’t attribute data with more significance that supports your thesis and draw conclusions that have informational backing.  A lot of the ethical reasoning to subjects such as these applies to most academic writing and other sources of content creation.

Ultimately ethics are important because without them we are wading in a sea of unpredictability, potential ham and possible legal action. Ethics protect yourself along with others and make sure all your research is above board. In general life most people would say they want to be ethical and in research the idea is no different, just with maybe some set rules.

and possible legal action. Ethics protect yourself along with others and make sure all your research is above board. In general life most people would say they want to be ethical and in research the idea is no different, just with maybe some set rules.

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