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An overview of ethical issues in scientific research

What will you learn?

  1. The importance of ethical norms in scientific research
  2. The many ethical responsibilities of research authors
  3. How to avoid ethical issues in scientific research writing
  4. The ethical responsibilities of reviewers and publications


Course Description

In the world of research, the race to get published first and be recognised often leads to haste, shortcuts, fabrications and other misconduct. Understanding the ethical norms and responsibilities expected from research authors promotes the pursuit of knowledge and truth, making it imperative to filter out any mistakes, half-truths and misrepresentation.

This program helps authors avoid ethical issues in scientific research by highlighting how important it is and presents a detailed description of the main concerns that plague the current system. You will also learn how to avoid these ethical issues through conscientious investigation, cross-referencing and filtering, and ensure that your research does not violate any publishing norms.


What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Objectives

Lecture 3: Importance of Ethics in Scientific Research

Lecture 4: Ethics in Scientific Research

Lecture 5: Ethics in Planning Research

Lecture 6: Ethics in Proposing Research

Lecture 7: Ethics in Presenting Research

Lecture 8: Ethical Obligations of Authors, Reviewers and Editors

Lecture 9: Sir David King’s Universal Ethical Code for Scientists

Lecture 10: Summary


Your Instructor


R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


Course Curriculum


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