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The regulation of research by funding bodies : an emerging ethical issue for the alcohol and other drug sector?

Miller, Peter, Moore, David and Strang, John 2006, The regulation of research by funding bodies : an emerging ethical issue for the alcohol and other drug sector?, International journal of drug policy, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 12-16, doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2005.10.002.

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Title The regulation of research by funding bodies : an emerging ethical issue for the alcohol and other drug sector?
Author(s) Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Moore, David
Strang, John
Journal name International journal of drug policy
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 12
End page 16
Publisher Elesvier
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2006-01
ISSN 0955-3959
1873-4758
Keyword(s) research funding
alcohol and other drugs
beneficence
ethics
censorship
Summary The degree to which funding bodies can and do control the content and dissemination of research products raises important issues which need to be openly debated by the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector. Current policies relating to censorship and other means of controlling research topics or output are explored alongside an examination of how some institutions, particularly some academic journals, deal with such issues. We argue that regulation of research by funding bodies clearly contravenes the scientific ideal of freedom of information and open access to knowledge. Using international ethical guidelines, we also demonstrate that regulation raises concerns in relation to the ethical concept of beneficence. A number of examples specific to harm reduction strategies are presented in order to demonstrate how censorship might conceivably increase the harms associated with drug use. The commentary closes with recommendations concerning the establishment the prevalence of censorship and other forms of control over research in the AOD sector, and the role that ethics committees, journal editorial boards and professional societies might play in resisting the imposition of unacceptable conditions on publication of findings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.drugpo.2005.10.002
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026475

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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