American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Ethical Orientation for New and Prospective Researchers
Daniel Udo-Akang

The purpose of this article is to identify a range of challenges and dilemmas related to academic integrity. It provides a thorough and thoughtful discussion on different issues associated with research ethics. The objective is to create awareness for new researchers of the seriousness and consequences associated with unethical practices. Academic research is based on six ethical values (a) honesty, (b) fairness, (c) objectivity, (d) openness, (d) trustworthiness, and (e) respect for others. Thus, any violation of these values constitutes fabrication, falsification, and other questionable research practices. However, academic integrity is not limited to research protocol. It involves all academic activities within the scholarly enterprise. Academic dishonesty is a global concern, especially since intellectual property is often stolen. Thus, there is a need for a continuing discussion on academic honesty and intellectual property rights so that the climate of scholastic enterprise is respected.

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