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Ethical considerations in synthesising research : whose representations?

Suri, Harsh 2008, Ethical considerations in synthesising research : whose representations?, Qualitative research journal, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 63-73, doi: 10.3316/QRJ0801062.

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Title Ethical considerations in synthesising research : whose representations?
Author(s) Suri, Harsh
Journal name Qualitative research journal
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 73
Total pages 11
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1443-9883
Keyword(s) Research synthesis
Meta-analysis
Ethics
Literature review
Summary Research syntheses play a powerful role in shaping further research, practice, policy and public perceptions. Accordingly, the ethical issues associated with how perspectives of different groups are included or censored in a research synthesis report must be paid adequate attention. Any research synthesis is inherently influenced by subjectivities associated with multiple layers of interpretation, selection and representation. In framing a research synthesis, it is vital that synthesists take into account: multiple interests and influences of different stakeholders; potential impact of the synthesis on different stakeholders; synthesists’ own multiple and shifting identities within the synthesis; synthesists’ methodological positioning within the synthesis; status accorded to authors and participants of the primary research studies included in the synthesis; influences of funding agencies; politics of who/what gets published; and biases introduced through common strategies for retrieving primary research studies. I have raised strategic questions and issues to structure and inform critical decision-making throughout a synthesis process. I hope this article will stimulate debate and discussion on various ethical considerations associated with the process of synthesising research.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.3316/QRJ0801062
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Emerald Group Publishing
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