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Research ethics are concerned with ensuring that research is conducted in a manner that is respectful of human subjects and that protects their rights and welfare. The following are some key principles that intersect between research and ethics:

  1. Informed consent. 
    This means ensuring that participants are fully informed about the purpose and procedures of the research and that they give their voluntary consent to participate.

  2. Confidentiality and privacy. 
    Ensure your research will protect the confidentiality and privacy of participants and their personal information.

  3. Risk management. 
    This is taking any necessary steps so minimise any harm or risk to participants, and taking appropriate measures to protect their safety and well-being. 

  4. Deception. 
    It is important to avoid deceiving participants about the true nature of the research or withholding information that is necessary for informed consent. 

  5. Conflict of interest. 
    Identifying and managing any potential conflicts of interest that may affect the integrity of the research is a crucial ethical consideration. 

  6. Data management and ownership. 
    Ethical research includes ensuring the secure and responsible management of research data and ensuring that participants retain control over their own data.

  7. Plagiarism and fabrication. 
    Avoiding plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification of data is key in ensuring the integrity of the research process.

Research ethics are important to ensure that research is conducted in a responsible and ethical manner, and that the rights and welfare of participants are protected.

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