Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research

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Comstock, Gary. Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Uni- versity Press; 2012. 292 p. $45.00. ISBN: 978-0-521-18708-4.

The author indicated that this book is to help deal with what he perceives as the piecemeal process for research training that gives rise to misconduct in research. There is a brief introduction that delves into the reason that this book was written. The author's goal for the book was to welcome researchers and to help put some logical struc- ture to what a researcher needs to know and why. This book intro- duces the theories and concepts of research for newcomers and is a guide for experienced researchers.

The book is divided into four parts. Part A covers protecting personal interest, which delves into the world of data manipula- tions, work with research results, and plagiarism. Part B discusses ''promoting interest,'' the need to be aware of yourself as a research- er: knowing your behavior and interests, your professional code, and times when you should or should not deviate from it. This section also covers authorship and the issues and concerns of writing and publishing. A few chapters look at the use of statistics and how to protect the manuscript in its various stages. Part C takes the reader into the world and concerns of ''the stranger,'' who is usually the subject in a research endeavor. …

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