An Excel spreadsheet to assist with the tracking of the appointment, renewal and end-date of members of research ethics committee members. This includes keeping track of their participation in professional development for the committee and for members. This is a useful resource for research offices and the Chair/Secretary of a committee. Even though this was produced for HRECs in Australia, it can be easily updated for other jurisdictions and standards.
This commentary sheet relates to the Research Integrity and Human Research Ethics matters that should inform our decisions about hiring, promotions and recognition. They relate to more than publishing in prestigious journals and securing large grants. It needs to be about ethics, responsible conduct, collegiality and research culture. Researchers is can’t be superstars if they are bullies, sexual harasses, charlatans or cheats. Basing our processes those considerations isn’t easy, but it ensures are institutions will become a productive pipeline for future research leaders.
This discussion activity is intended to warm up attendees at a professional development event about Human Research Ethics. This is to encourage a reflection on how different groups regard research participants. There are no right answers, the objective is to get people talking and reflecting on Human Research Ethics matters. It is also an opportunity to reflect upon matters such as paternity in decision making, showing respect and conflicts of interests.
In this commentary sheet we discuss what some have termed ‘soft misconduct’ and five ways in which institutions can deal with them. Others have reasonably observed that they are just research misconduct and should be investigated and punished as such. While this might indeed be the case, until national research integrity codes (such as the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research) list these behaviours as being research misconduct, institutions will need to deal with them with their own policies and procedures.
This Human Research Ethics commentary reflects on useful approaches to researchers who fail to respond to requests. This includes failure to respond to research ethics review feedback, failure to respond to requests for ethical conduct reports and failure to respond to other requests from the research ethics committee. Hopefully, your institutional approach will be a little bit more practical than the Goldberg machine in this humorous Don Mayne cartoon.