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Ethical Issues, International Research

International research is a rich field of study for all modern scholars, and communication scholars are no exception. Whether one is investigating the role of communication technology in changing global connectivity or East–West differences in conflict management styles, communication research takes on an entirely different dimension of meaning in an international context. With this added richness comes additional challenges. In nearly every discipline, international researchers have additional ethical considerations to address during each stage of investigation.

An appropriate general rule for international researchers is to adhere to the institutional research guidelines that are enforced in the society where the investigation is to be performed. Any institutional review board requirements of the researcher’s home country will need to be met before any data collection can begin, but ...

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