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CARE Panels in Autumn 2019

September 17, 2019 ​​​​​​- The Ethics of Co-Authorship in Research

Scholarship is rarely, if ever, a one-person job anymore. Co-authored papers are common in the sciences and are becoming more prominent in the humanities due to greater specialization, technological assistance in communication and data sharing, the emergence of funding for big collaborative projects, and increased institutional openness to interdisciplinary work. With increased opportunities and expectations for collaboration, researchers face many ethical conundrums in thinking about how to give everyone due credit for the work that they put in. This panel will address some of the most pressing issues in the ethics of joint authorship and collaboration. Topics will include how to navigate power imbalances in the authorship relationship, how to hold each other accountable, when one should refuse to co-author, and the differences between authorship, contribution, and mentorship.

Panelists include:

  • Haixin Dang (Research Fellow, Univ. Leeds)
  • Susan Williams (English, OSU)
  • Sandra Aya Enimil (Copyright Services Librarian, OSU Libraries)
  • Katherine O'Brien (Museum of Biological Diversity, OSU)
  • Cynthia Carnes (College of Pharmacy, OSU)


October 22, 2019 - The Ethics of Paying Research Subjects

It is common practice to offer payment to research subjects, either to enhance recruitment or to enable people to participate without financial sacrifice. While common, the practice is highly contentious. Some worry that paying subjects unduly influences their choice to participate, by impairing their judgment or by giving them an offer they cannot refuse. Others argue that we do not pay research participants enough, making participation for research overly burdensome for some already marginalized populations. This panel will debate these concerns. Questions that will be discussed include the following: Is it ever wrong to offer money for research participation? Is some payment too much or too little? What alternatives to monetary compensation are appropriate? Who should decide how much research subjects get paid?

Panelists include:

  • Govind Persad (Law, Univ. of Denver)
  • Maria F. Gallo (College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, OSU
  • Amanda Robinson (Political Science, OSU)


November 15, 2019 - The Ethics of Community Engaged Research

There has been a recent push for community engaged research, particularly when the research is conducted across cultural, structural and economic differences. In this panel we will examine what exactly ought to count as engaging a community as a research partner. What constitutes a community in the first place? Can individual representatives be recruited to speak for the community? If so, who? How do our common research practices and norms – such as informed consent and authorship - change when we engage the community? How do we measure the success of a projects’  community engagement?

This panel will feature Charles Weijer (Professor; Canada Research Chair in Bioethics, Western University), a leading expert on the ethics of randomized controlled trials.


CARE Training Program in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Beginning Spring 2020

Building on our Conversations About Research Ethics (CARE) panel discussions, CEHV is now offering a training program in the responsible conduct of research for graduate and professional students, postdocs, and junior faculty seeking to satisfy federal ethics guidelines.

Click here for information on the CARE Training Program.