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Scholarly Communication: Research Ethics

This guide defines Scholarly Communication, and its role in raising visibility of Researcher output and web presence. Scholarly Communication is defined as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality,

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Rhodes University. Ethical Review Application System (ERAS)

At Rhodes University, the ethical conduct of research is a high priority. Ethical research is promoted as part of research training and supervision, in Higher Degrees review processes, short courses for staff and students, and engagements with national experts. 

In addition, Rhodes has adopted the Department of Health’s research Principals, Processes and Structures (DoH, 2015) accredited by the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).

There are three committees at Rhodes to provide ethical clearance for research by students and staff:

  • the Animal Research Ethics Committee;

  • the Education Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee for studies conducted in the Education Faculty,

the Human Research Ethics Committee for all other studies involving human participants.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Five principles of research ethics:

  1. Discuss intellectual property frankly

  2. Be conscious of multiple roles

  3. Follow informed-consent rules

  4. Respect confidentiality and privacy

  5. Tap into ethics resources