Today, scientists agree that good research is ethical in nature and is guided by a basic respect for human dignity and safety. Ethical research not only ensures the welfare of the subjects, but it also ensures that research can be continued to enhance knowledge.  Although taught from the medical and social science fields, ethical research is required in all disciplines.

As important as ethical research and and maintaining honesty throughout the process is to any study, you will read in the feature box, this has not always been the case. Modern researchers must demonstrate that the research they perform is ethically sound. This section presents how ethical considerations affect the design and implementation of research conducted today.