Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 215–218

Ethical decision-making in research: Identifying all competing interests

Commentary on “six domains of research ethics” (K.D. Pimple)


Ethical dilemmas are the result of conflicts between potential benefits or harms for two or more competing interests. Therefore, ethical decision-making implies a responsibility to identify those interests, harms, and benefits. For this purpose, researchers have responsibilities to the research, the subjects of research, other researchers, the institution, society, the environment, and self.


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    Pimple, K.D. (2002) Six Domains of Research Ethics: A Heuristic Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research, Science and Engineering Ethics 8(2): 191–205.Google Scholar
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    Bebeau, M.J. with Pimple, K.D., Muskavitch, K.M.T., Smith, D.H. (1995) Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research: A Tool for Teaching and Assessment, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.Google Scholar

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© Opragen Publications 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Ethics ProgramUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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