Research Ethics Guidelines and Policies
DCU REC Guidelines
The Research Ethics Committee (REC) exists to promote the highest ethical standards in all research at Dublin City University that involves human participants or animal subjects. The primary aim of the REC is to ensure all research participants are respected and their rights promoted. Maintaining well-established ethical standards is an important aspect of upholding the integrity of the research process. Ethically questionable research can reflect negatively on the reputation and liability of both researchers and the University. Research may place burdens on participants or put them at increased risk of harm which could be avoided or reduced. Such burdens and harm can be physical, psychological, social or financial. The REC helps to facilitate ethical research by providing feedback on research ethics submissions so that any risk of harm is minimised and various ethical principles are promoted. The committee includes researchers from various disciplines and independent non-researchers who volunteer their time to review REC applications. As research participation is voluntary, REC reviews the accuracy, clarity and reading level of information provided to promote informed consent. The REC provides ethical approval for projects that have successfully completed the ethics review process.
Please note that undergraduate and taught masters research projects are reviewed at local School level. Students should liaise with their supervisors regarding this process.
- Ethical considerations when developing a REC Submission
- Guidelines on Best Practice in Research Ethics (pdf)
- Types of REC Submissions
- How to Know which Form to Use
- When you have External Ethics Approval
- Amending a previously approved protocol
Additional Resources and Policy Documents
- Felzmann H. (2013) Ethical Issues in Internet Research: International Good Practice and Irish Research Ethics Documents. IN: Internet Research, Theory and Practice: Perspectives from Ireland. Cathy Fowley et al. (pdf)
- British Pyschological Society (2013) Ethics Guidelines for Internet-mediated Research. INF206/1.2013. Leicester: Author. (pdf)
- AOIR (Association of Internet Researchers) Ethics Guide
- Data Management Planning (under construction)
- DCC guide - How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications
- Cloud storage - Google Drive
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