National web training in “Research Ethics for Postdocs and Researchers in Medicine”
In a joint initiative, the seven faculties of medical sciences in Sweden have developed a web training module to raise awareness about research ethics and to emphasize ethical conduct in research.
“Research Ethics for Postdocs and Researchers in Medicine” is intended for graduate researchers who have their PhD degree from a country outside of Sweden, and are planning to conduct research within health and medical sciences in Sweden, but it is also developed to be of relevance for other researchers in these fields who wish to update their knowledge about research ethics. However, it should be noted that it is not intended to be part of the PhD-student education programs at universitites in Sweden.
The aim is to give an overview of research ethics and to introduce ethical guidelines and regulations that researchers in Sweden are obliged to adhere to.
- Ethical principles and how to conduct ethical deliberations
- Ethical aspects of research with human participants
- The content and implications of the Swedish Ethical Reveiw Act and when and how to apply for ethical permission
- The definition and consequences of research misconduct and how this is reported and handled in the Swedish context
- Publication ethics including the Vancouver rules and ethical conduct regarding authorship and open science
- The specific regulations concerning researchers at Swedish government agencies
The training is administered in a number of sub-modules. Each module has an introductory video lecture and suggested reading material. Each module is concluded with an online test comprised of multiple choice questions. A diploma will be issued following successful training completion including approved answers to the multiple choice questions.