Unethical Research

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Unethical Research
Due November 12, 2012

My goal was to search for an article that regards unethical research in a field of business. The article I found is titled The Publication of Ethically Uncertain Research: Attitudes and Practices of Journal Editors. Before I read this article, I had not any idea about the restrictions of research in the media. From what I have learned through the article, there are many restrictions in doing so. For instance, the Declaration of Helsinki which safeguards research subjects, informs consent, and minimizes risk. The article addresses entries in the medical field and says that “both authors and publishers have ethical obligations...reports of experimentation not in accordance with the principles laid down in this declaration should not be accepted for publication”. The writer of this article believes that the ethical practices in the media is understudied and needs to be looked at closer. Journal editors were surveyed on the topic of unethical research.

The Editor-in-chief of each of the 2005 Abridged Index Medicus list publishing original research were to complete a survey sent to them by email between September-December 2007. The editor was very serious about attaining information on this survey because when people did not respond, he went out of his way to contact them and ask them about unethical research. This shows that ethically uncertain material was overlooked way too often in his eye, and he needed an answer. Many professionals were used in the making of the survey for validity and effectiveness.

15% of survey participants actually came out and admit to ethically uncertain research. To me, that seems like a very large amount to come out and admit to. Without considering the amount of people that did not answer truthfully to the survey (which we all know happens), it is probably an even larger amount. Especially because the medical field is not one with much room to mess around with, the...
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