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The ethics and editorial challenges of internet-based research

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, July 2014
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Title
The ethics and editorial challenges of internet-based research
Published in
BMC Medicine, July 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12916-014-0124-3
Pubmed ID
Authors

Stephanie Harriman, Jigisha Patel

Abstract

The internet has opened up vast possibilities for research. An increasing number of studies are being conducted using the internet as both a source of data and a venue for research. Use of the internet in research has created many challenges, not just for those conducting and reviewing the studies, but also for editors publishing this work. Two key issues raised by internet-based research are ethics approval and informed consent.While some guidance exists regarding the ethics and consent of internet-based research, and some institutions provide their own guidelines, there appears to be a lack of definitive national standards.We discuss the issues surrounding ethics and consent for internet-based research and the need for a consensus on how to address these issues to ensure consistency.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 2%
Israel 1 2%
Ireland 1 2%
Unknown 49 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 25%
Student > Bachelor 9 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 15%
Researcher 5 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 8%
Other 8 15%
Unknown 5 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 15 29%
Social Sciences 8 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 8%
Computer Science 4 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 6%
Other 11 21%
Unknown 7 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 October 2019.
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#3,086,595
of 16,018,025 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medicine
#1,607
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#38,642
of 202,359 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medicine
#6
of 9 outputs
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