Research ethics in inter- and multi-disciplinary teams: Differences in disciplinary interpretations

Autoři: Ambika Mathur aff001;  Sharon F. Lean aff002;  Caroline Maun aff003;  Natalie Walker aff002;  Annmarie Cano aff004;  Mary E. Wood aff002
Působiště autorů: Graduate School, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America aff001;  Graduate School, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America aff002;  Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America aff003;  Office of the Provost, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America aff004
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225837


As research teams are increasingly comprised of members from multiple disciplines, ranging from the physical sciences, life sciences, social and behavioral sciences to the arts and humanities, it is important to revisit how research is conducted at several levels. Coupled with the national concern over rigor and reproducibility in research, it is therefore crucial to ensure that all members of such multidisciplinary teams view the need for ethics in the conduct of research in similar ways. Towards this end, Wayne State University developed a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) which was mandatory for all its 1500 doctoral students across all disciplines in its 75 PhD programs. We found that student perceptions of the validity, applicability and usefulness of the course varied by discipline. This was in spite of iterative changes made to the course by faculty in those disciplines to make the content palatable to all. The findings show that more work needs to be done to fully incorporate the needs of social sciences and humanities disciplines in a comprehensive university course. This is especially important as these students become members of large multidisciplinary research teams in order to uphold the highest levels of rigor, reproducibility and ethics.

Klíčová slova:

Graduates – Human learning – Lectures – Research integrity – Surveys – Universities – Workshops – Scientific misconduct


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