The ECU-REM is a booklet-based resource for the University’s researchers and research ethics reviewers. The booklets are based on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and contain direct references to the Statement throughout.
The booklets of the Manual cover:
- The core ethical principles
- beneficence (Booklet 9);
- respect (Booklet 26);
- justice (Booklet 31); and
- merit & integrity (Booklet 38);
- Matters of general significance to all research
- such as recruitment strategies (Booklet 21) and consent (Booklet 22);
- Matters relating to specific research designs
- such as internet-mediated research (Booklet 37) and research with ionising radiation (Booklet 45);
- Matters relating to participants and contexts
- such as research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people & issues (Booklet 30) and research conducted in other jurisdictions (Booklet 39); and
- Legal and regulatory matters
- such as regulatory privacy matters in research (Booklet 23) and research involving the discovery of illegal behaviour (Booklet 40)
At first glance the number of booklets (currently 46) might seem daunting, but most experienced researchers will only need to:
- briefly consult Booklets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6;
- know the contents of Booklets 3, 9, 21, 22 and 23; and
- only consult the other booklets as relevant for a project (e.g. a researcher would only consult Booklet 24 if they were conducting research with children or young persons aged under 18 years of age).
The Manual is practical; it provides realistic and useful strategies to respond to real challenges and difficulties such as the use of participant self-coding when collecting sensitive data at more than one time point but wanting to conceal the identity of respondents from the researcher (Booklet 23).