Iphofen, R. (2020). Key Topics in Research Ethics. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76040-7_53-1
There are several issues that arise both in the research ethics review process and in
the research field itself whose coverage is usually regarded as obligatory. No
major reference work could be considered complete without some direct discussion of them. How obtaining consent is conducted and subjects/participants are
informed of a research purpose is seen as central to ensuring valid participation.
Privacy has grown in importance but as information technology has changed it is
harder to maintain. In any case it may run counter to concerns for the safety and
security of subjects and participants. The availability of and access to new data
forms and technological developments expands the research field immeasurably,
further complicating overlaps between private and public spaces. Confidentiality,
anonymity, and the potential for deception in research all show how difficult it is
to maintain these issues as conceptually distinct. This chapter raises some of the
conceptual difficulties in the overlapping and, at times, conflicting application of
key principles and values which are discussed at length in Section 2 of this
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