The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated body responsible for the protection of human subjects involved in research. The IRB reviews, approves, and monitors research conducted under the auspices of the University of West Georgia (UWG) by its faculty, students, and staff. The primary function of the IRB is to safeguard the welfare and rights of human subjects in compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The committee assists investigators in insuring that the rights and welfare of subjects are adequately protected.
Find forms, contact information, and other details about UWG's IRB through the Office of Research and Sponsored programs.
There are arenas related to ethics and data security.
Some US Agencies are concerned about appropriation of US Grant Funded Research by foreign governments. Individual US Government Agencies may require grant recipients to undergo training and/or to comply with security guidelines and best practices for mitigating foreign risks and threats.
Grants in collaboration with private companies and granting agencies may also require compliance with security protocols to protect intellectual property from competitors.
Aaron, David and Thea Percival (June 17, 2022) "Forthcoming Disclosure and Security Requirements for Institutions Hosting Federally Funded Research.
Funding agencies require adherence to protocols to protect against the inadvertent disclosure, release or loss of personally identifiable, sensitive, or confidential information of research participants.
For example, please see: The NIH's Policy Statement on Protecting Sensitive Data and Information
Appropriate anonymization of data may be required in addition to compliance with cyber security and other protocols.
Many academic societies are now creating civility standards or professional conduct policies to guide scholarly exchanges in their print publications and at their conferences.
While one may be passionate about one's subject, and disagreement is healthy and contributes to advances in the academy, a tone of collegiality is appreciated. Key concepts in policies that are developed by academic societies include integrity in one's work, trust, and respect. Kindness and collegiality should hold sway even though individual research may result in divergent points of view, correction of earlier materials, or superseding the works of others.
Additional ethical considerations may include:
Oleinik A. Conflict(s) of Interest in Peer Review: Its Origins and Possible Solutions. Science & Engineering Ethics. 2014;20(1):55-75. doi:10.1007/s11948-012-9426-z. (UWG Net ID Required for Access).
Raju R., Adam A, Powell C. . Promoting Open Scholarship in Africa: Benefits and Best Library Practices. Library Trends. 2015;64(1):136-160. doi:10.1353/lib.2015.0036 (UWG Net ID Required for Access)
Ruedinger E, Evans YN, Balasubramaniam V. Abolishing Racism and Other Forms of Oppression in Scholarly Communication. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021;69(1):10-13. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.04.007 -- This is the citation only. Access to the full article may require Interlibrary Loan.