Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 693–696 | Cite as

Responsible Research: What is Expected?

Commentary on: “Statistical Power, the Belmont Report, and the Ethics of Clinical Trials”
  • Stephanie J. Bird


“Responsible research” and “good science” are concepts with various meanings depending on one’s perspective and assumptions. Fellow researchers, research participants, policy makers and the general public also have differing expectations of the benefits of research ranging from accurate and reliable data that extend the body of knowledge, to solutions to societal concerns. Unless these differing constituencies articulate their differing views they may fail to communicate and undermine the value of research to society.


Benefits of research Conflict of interest Good science Research integrity Responsible conduct of research RCR Clinical research Clinical trials 


  1. US DHHS Office of Research Integrity (2010) Accessed 17 Nov 2010.
  2. Vollmer, S. H., & Howard, G. (2010). Statistical power, the Belmont report, and the ethics of clinical trials. Science and Engineering Ethics, 15. doi: 10.1007/s11948-010-9244-0.

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WrenthamUSA

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