Research Ethics: is it Right or is it Wrong?

postcolonial picPostcolonial research and research ethics envelops a great degree of practice and knowledge in order to execute key element successfully.  For starters, postcolonial research (postcolonialism) involves a broad theoretical approach that examines the past and present impact of colonialism and racism on social, political, and economic systems. It focuses on the ways particular groups of people because of notions of race or ethnicity have been excluded, marginalized, and represented in ways that devalued or even dehumanized them (SAGE, 2014).

Furthermore, ethics are also a crucial element to a writer’s success.  Research ethics are in a nut shell, the difference between right and wrong.  It’s always a fine line and a thin line to walk, however, when dealing with people, their lives and societies, researchers need to develop a method, procedure or perspective for deciding how to act and analyzing problems and issues regarding human beings.

Due to postcolonial research involving human beings and events that have happened throughout the world due to colonialization, postcolonial researchers need to adhere to a strict ethical code in order for their work to be considered ethical and succeed in their scholarly endeavors.  They need to be accountable to the public, it’s a balancing act. postcolonial pic2





ethics picCodes and Policies for Research Ethics:


Strive for honesty in all scientific communications. Honestly report data, results, methods and procedures, and publication status. Do not fabricate, falsify, or misrepresent data. Do not deceive colleagues, granting agencies, or the public.


Strive to avoid bias in experimental design, data analysis, data interpretation, peer review, personnel decisions, grant writing, expert testimony, and other aspects of research where objectivity is expected or required. Avoid or minimize bias or self-deception. Disclose personal or financial interests that may affect research.


Keep your promises and agreements; act with sincerity; strive for consistency of thought and action.


Avoid careless errors and negligence; carefully and critically examine your own work and the work of your peers. Keep good records of research activities, such as data collection, research design, and correspondence with agencies or journals.


Share data, results, ideas, tools, resources. Be open to criticism and new ideas.

Respect for Intellectual Property

Honor patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property. Do not use unpublished data, methods, or results without permission. Give credit where credit is due. Give proper acknowledgement or credit for all contributions to research. Never plagiarize.


Protect confidential communications, such as papers or grants submitted for publication, personnel records, trade or military secrets, and patient records.

Responsible Publication

Publish in order to advance research and scholarship, not to advance just your own career. Avoid wasteful and duplicative publication.

Responsible Mentoring

Help to educate, mentor, and advise students. Promote their welfare and allow them to make their own decisions.

Respect for colleagues

Respect your colleagues and treat them fairly.

Social Responsibility

Strive to promote social good and prevent or mitigate social harms through research, public education, and advocacy.


Avoid discrimination against colleagues or students on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, or other factors that are not related to their scientific competence and integrity.


Maintain and improve your own professional competence and expertise through lifelong education and learning; take steps to promote competence in science as a whole.


Know and obey relevant laws and institutional and governmental policies.


References:,. (2014). What is Ethics in Research & Why is it Important?. Retrieved 29 November 2014, from,. (2014). Postcolonialism : SAGE Research Methods. Retrieved 29 November 2014, from


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