Writing ethics applications


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Writing ethics applications is an important part of any research on human or animal participants.

Judy Redman, writing on the Thesis Whisperer blog, shares some thoughts here to help you with human ethics applications. A couple of other thoughts from me that apply to both human and animal ethics applications:

  • Writing the applications is much easier if you have already written a research proposal. Both need pretty much the same information.
  • The ethics application is written for a different audience – a lay audience. Writing for this audience is challenging but very rewarding. It requires you to clarify your thinking about what you are doing and why it is of value.
  • You need to write clearly and concisely – ethics committees have a lot of applications to look at and you don’t want to weigh them down. Make sure you provide complete information but as concisely as possible.


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