The Research Ethics Committee of TBS Education Research Centre
The Research Ethics Committee of TBS Education Research Centre is a body that ensures all research conducted under the auspices of TBS Education adheres to the highest ethical standards, safeguarding the rights, dignity, and well-being of research participants. It provides its opinion on any research protocol involving a researcher from the school.
- Submission deadline for documents is 7/11/2023 for the committee meeting on 7/12/2023.
- Submission deadline for documents is 7/12/2023 for the committee meeting on 18/1/2024.
- Submission deadline for documents is 7/2/2024 for the committee meeting on 21/3/2024.
- Submission deadline for documents is 7/3/2024 for the committee meeting on 25/4/2024.
- Submission deadline for documents is 7/4/2024 for the committee meeting on 23/5/2024.
- Submission deadline for documents is 7/5/2023 for the committee meeting on 27/6/2024.
Submission Form to the Ethics Committee
The TBS Education Ethics Committee (TBS EEC) examines the research protocols carried out under the responsibility of a TBS Education researcher.
Code of Scientigic Conduct
TBS Education considers that the behavior of its researchers must be exemplary and that they must behave ethically. The researchers must have a proper attitude in all research activities and their relations with the academic community, including students and TBS Education stakeholders.
DATA COLLECTION & DATA PROCESSING
TBS Education researchers are responsible for the trustworthiness of their research. In particular, they:
- Don’t fabricate, suppress, or modify collected data to increase the chances of being published.
- Record and make accessible the data (when they are not private) to allow verification by the reviewers.
- Adhere to the ethical codes for activities involving human subjects: should obtain formal consent from the participants. They should inform the participants about the research topic, their rights to decline to participate and withdraw from the study, the potential risks and adverse effects, and the possible limits of confidentiality.
COMMUNICATION OF RESULTS
TBS Education researchers must:
- Base the conclusions of their research articles on the critical analysis of the evidence and do not present speculation as established truth do not present speculation as established truth.
- Clearly indicate, when applicable, the limits of their research, particularly those concerning the external validity of the results.
- When representing the institution, they should restrict their engagement to subjects falling within their specialized domain of expertise during interactions with the press and media.
- In publications authored by researchers from TBS Education, the roster of authors comprises individuals who have contributed significantly to the study, encompassing aspects such as research conception, research framework establishment, data compilation, data manipulation, data interpretation, manuscript writing, revising, and addressing reviewer feedback.
- TBS Education researchers do not invite “guest authors” (i.e., authors who have not actively contributed to the research to enhance publication prospects) nor “gift authors” (i.e., authors who have not made substantial contributions to the research).
- TBS Education prohibits remunerating an author (“ghost author”) for generating the entire paper. This practice is deemed ethically inappropriate.
- Excluding an author who has contributed significantly to the research, whether during the paper’s writing or data analysis, is also considered unethical conduct.
TBS Education researchers:
- Conduct peer review assessments conscientiously.
- Support their evaluation with scientific knowledge and reasoning.
- Only accept reviewing of research papers for which they have expertise.
- Always use a courteous and respectful style.
- Respect confidentiality.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
As authors or reviewers, TBS Education researchers:
- Should avoid engaging in any conflicts of interest that might jeopardize the integrity of their work or give rise to perceptions thereof.
- Are expected to reveal any financial or other conflicts of interest that could undermine the credibility of their work in research proposals, publications, and public communications and during all review processes.
- Should ensure transparency in their publications by divulging the funding origins for their research and any affiliations they may possess with eventual sponsors.
- Should ensure that their reviews, findings, and the dissemination of said findings are grounded solely in the data and remain unaffected by any commercial, political, ideological, or personal interests.
When serving as Ph.D. supervisors, researchers from TBS Education uphold the obligations outlined in the University of Toulouse thesis charter, upon which the TBS Education Research Centre relies.
The Ph.D./ DBA supervisor:
- Is committed to spending the required time to supervise his/her Ph.D./DBA students.
- Is committed to respecting the intellectual property of his/her Ph.D./DBA students’ work.
PLAGIARISM AND THE USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) TOOLS
Engaging in plagiarism, whether of one’s own work or that of others, is deemed unethical conduct. Plagiarism encompasses presenting another individual’s work as one’s own, regardless of their consent. Furthermore, self-plagiarism pertains to the reuse of an author’s own previously published content, presenting it as novel material.
TBS Education researchers should use AI and AI-assisted tools in research with caution. For example, they could be helpful in the writing process in improving readability and language, but they should always be used with human oversight and control. Also, authors must disclose the use of any AI and AI-assisted technologies that have been used in the writing process. Finally, TBS Education researchers should not list AI and AI-assisted technologies as an author or co-author, nor cite AI as an author.
IMPACT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
TBS Education researchers:
- Strive to enhance societal contributions through the dissemination of knowledge and active engagement in public discourse, aligning with the mission and strategic objectives of TBS Education (research impact).
- When participating in committees responsible for determining matters such as funding, recruitment, tenure, or promotion, ensure that their assessments are rooted exclusively in scientific content and not influenced by stereotypes (gender, age, etc.) or solely reliant on publication metrics.
CONTACTING THE ETHICAL COMMITTEE
TBS Education researchers in need of an ethical assessment or an Institutional Review Board (IRB) number for their research project may consider one of the following alternatives:
Option 1: Research Ethics Committee at Toulouse University
Directly contact the Research Ethics Committee at Toulouse University by using the following information available at: https://www.univ-toulouse.fr/actualites/comite-d-ethique-de-recherche-cer
Option 2: The Ethics Committee at TBS Education
Contact the TBS Education Ethics Committee (TBS EEC) directly by submitting an application for ethical approval of a Social Science Research project.
This committee comprises all the research lab heads, centers of excellence heads, and chair heads.
Sources & reference materials:
- Déclaration de Singapour sur l’intégrité en recherche, 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, (2010).
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