Module 2: Ethics


Both performing and reporting research must be undertaken ethically. Authors have a duty to behave honestly whenever they publish. There are several ethical issues which authors must be aware of, and must ensure that they avoid. This module considers the most common types of ethical problems, and explains why certain behaviours are considered to be unacceptable in international scholarly publishing.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you will have a clear understanding of the ethical issues which you must take into account when considering publishing your research.


Watch this useful video, part of a series provided by the American Chemical Society on publishing. This video asks several well known scientists about the ethical issues they feel are most important. The video is about 10 minutes long.


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