New guidance released for those working on studies related to humans: Editorial

In a new editorial, the Springer Nature editors discuss new guidance that focuses on studies related to humans. The editors say that though there are ethics frameworks that cover human participation in studies, these frameworks generally do not discuss the effects academic research could have on those who did not directly participate. The editors have provided guidance that essentially encourages the research community to consider how research applied to groups could be harmful, strive to minimize potential for misuse and risks of harm for groups, and ensure that respectful and non-stigmatizing language is used in manuscripts. “Editors, authors and reviewers should together consider and discuss benefits and harms that might emerge from manuscripts dealing with human population groups, and discuss when potential harms warrant revisions,” write the authors. Nature| Nature (Guidelines) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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