Ethics for Graduate Researchers

1st Edition

A Cross-disciplinary Approach

Editors: Cathriona Russell Linda Hogan Maureen Junker-Kenny
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124160491
eBook ISBN: 9780123914842
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 25th September 2012
Page Count: 266
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This edited collection is intended as a primer for core concepts and principles in research ethics and as an in-depth exploration of the contextualization of these principles in practice across key disciplines. The material is nested so that readers can engage with it at different levels and depths. It is unique in that it combines an analysis of complex ethical debates about the nature of research and its governance with the best of case-based and discipline-specific approaches.

It deals with the following topics in depth: in the natural sciences, it explores the scientific integrity of the researcher and the research process, human cloning as a test case for the limits to research, and the emerging ethical issues in nanotechnology; in the health sciences, it takes up the question of consent, assent and proxies, research with vulnerable groups and the ethics of clinical trials; in the social sciences, it explores the issues that arise in qualitative research, interviews and ethnography; and in the humanities, it examines contested archaeologies and research in divided societies.

Key Features

  • Overview of Research Ethics Principles
  • Full text papers from experienced researchers across many disciplines
  • Dialogue with ethicists


Recent graduates as well as more experienced researchers

Table of Contents

About the authors

List of Contributors


Introduction to Section 1. Developing Ethics as a Core Competency: Integrity in Scientific Research

1. Recognising Traditions of Argumentation in Philosophical Ethics

Agency and Ethics in a Technological Culture

Traditions of Ethical Argumentation

Cultural Memory and Political Institutions as Decisive Contexts for Research Parameters and for Public Debate


2. Navigating the Minefields: Ethics and Misconduct in Scientific Research


What Is Meant by Research Ethics?

Why Might Scientists Misbehave?

The Nature of Scientific Misconduct

Ethics and Authorship

Ethics and Peer Review

Plagiarism in Scientific Writing: A Plague on All Our Houses

Ethics and the Treatment of Colleagues (and Rivals)

Dealing with Error




3. Ethics and the Researcher


The Researcher

The Research Supervisor

When Things Go Wrong




Introduction to Section 2. Research Ethics Governance in the EU; the Role of Civic Debate, the Question of Limits in Research

Questions by Ethicists to their Role in the Public Realm

Recognition of the Precautionary Principle

Transparency of Research

4. Bioethics and Biolaw in the European Union: Bridging or Fudging Different Traditions of Moral and Legal Argumentation?

Two Traditions of Thinking: Self-Determination and Dignity

Controversies Between Different Traditions of Interpretation of Moral and Legal Concepts

The Demand for Transparency in Research


5. Ethics as Consensus Management in Expert Cultures – or Through Civic Debate in the Public Sphere?

Dilemmas Between Science and


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About the Editor

Cathriona Russell

Affiliations and Expertise

Cathriona Russell is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Religions and Theology at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Masters in Ecology and Religion at All Hallows College, Dublin City University.

Linda Hogan

Affiliations and Expertise

Linda Hogan is Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Trinity College Dublin, where she also holds the Chair in Ecumenics.

Maureen Junker-Kenny

Affiliations and Expertise

Maureen Junker-Kenny is Associate Professor of Theology in the Department of Religions and Theology, Trinity College Dublin.