Scientific Integrity: Text and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781555816612
ISBN-10: 1555816614
Copyright: 2014
Edition: 4th
Author: Macrina, Francis L.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 93
Reviewer: Kayla Kostelecky,  JD   (Saint Louis University)
This introduction to responsible conduct of research discusses the major ethical issues encountered in the research setting, including authorship, subject protection, data integrity, and intellectual property.
Intended to prompt critical thinking about the responsible conduct of research, the book balances discussion of regulatory and legal compliance with reflection on contemporary and enduring ethical challenges. The inclusion of discussion questions and realistic cases supports development of critical thinking skills. In addition to imparting much-desired practical information about compliance, the book encourages active engagement with the ethical issues commonly encountered in the research setting.
With its attention to organization and its highly accessible writing style, this book may be used as a supplement to formal instruction or for self-directed learning. Its comprehensive compilation of resources and appended material recommend it as a reference for researchers, mentors, and instructors. The author has extensive experience conducting research and teaching research integrity.
The book begins with an exploration of the concept of scientific integrity and an overview of the regulatory framework. As the book is oriented at an audience unfamiliar with research regulation, it would benefit from a more extensive introductory treatment of regulatory authority. A chapter is dedicated to a concise discussion of ethical theory as applied to research dilemmas. Subsequent chapters address the major issues encountered in the research setting, contextualizing the descriptions of regulations, laws, and standards with discussions of background information and current controversies.
This book acquaints readers with the current regulatory and ethical framework governing research while guiding sustained reflection on dilemmas confronting those involved in research. Although this edition retains many of the features of earlier editions, such as cases and discussion questions, it has been updated and substantially revised to ensure continued relevancy.
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