Scientific Integrity, Debates About

Most professional associations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the American Sociological Association (ASA), have codes of ethics, each offering similar guidelines for their members to follow. For example, the ASA Code of Ethics outlines five principles that should guide sociologists: (1) professional competence; (2) integrity; (3) professional and scientific responsibility; (4) respect for people’s rights, dignity, and diversity; and (5) social responsibility.1 This entry reviews some issues related to these principles of ethical conduct and provides some examples to illustrate ethical issues that may arise while conducting research on LGBTQ populations.

Five Principles of Ethical Research

Scholars should consider the previously named ethical principles as they teach, conduct research, interact with their colleagues, and represent their research to ...

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