Our aim is for the library to serve as a resource for academic institutions, by providing an introduction to the main issues in research ethics. Rather than presenting an encyclopedia or a set of answers, the objective is to encourage debate and reflection.

Our main target groups are academic teachers and students, but the library is used by a broader public as well.

Each article serves as an introduction to a topic, but also offers case study exercises (coming soon in English), suggested further reading and links to other resources.

- The articles are structured within the library's three main sections:

  1. An introduction to research ethics
  2. Relevant research ethics issues, such as scientific misconduct, authorship, research on vulnerable groups, human material, research and society, research and environment, bias, gender, etc.
  3. Practical information, such as relevant research ethics bodies, legislation and guidelines, as well as case studies. The cases are designed to confront readers with specific real-life problems without ready answers.

Since its launch in 2009, the library has become a widely used resource, frequently visited and linked to by all Norwegian universities, university colleges, as well as research institutes and government bodies.

The research ethics library was originally written in Norwegian, but is currently being translated into English, by Akasie Språktjenester AS.

Editor: Johanne Severinsen

Ed. note: The library was orignially published in Norwegian. The articles were translated from Norwegian to English in 2015/16.

This article has been translated from Norwegian by Erik Hansen, Akasie språktjenester AS.