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Open Access Oops, what about ethics?

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Ethics approval of research studies is essential for the protection and rights of study subjects, whether this is for prospective research or record reviews. This article shares a painful lesson learned from a field experience where the appropriate steps for obtaining ethics approval were not followed by a young researcher. This researcher had embarked on an operational research project, but had omitted to seek ethics approval from a local ethics committee. Young researchers, particularly from low- and middle-income countries, need to learn about the importance and value of ethics.
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Keywords: capacity building; ethics; low-income countries; operational research; publication

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Health Services, Management Sciences for Health, Abuja, Nigeria 2: Operational Research Unit, Brussels Operational Center, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), MSF-Luxembourg, Luxembourg 3: Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 4: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium 5: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK; and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 6: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France

Publication date: September 21, 2013

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