Ethical responsibilities: Researchers and their peers
Dra. Hna. Elena Lugo The question I wish to address here is how does professional ethics apply to research scientist? Bearing that question in mind, it might be helpful to distinguish –in no sense whatsoever separate– the concepts of p rofession , a cademic p rofession and s cientist a s a n academic . Profession - A profession is usually characterized as a personal dedication to tasks requiring specialized knowledge of an intellectual nature within the context of a broad cultural formation as well as a long academic preparation. A professional is also recognized for his/her expertise and skill. Ideally a professional dedication entails a disinterested service to an identifiable common good. A professional also strives to be autonomous in his/her field of competence, as well as self-regulative regarding the legal, technical, academic and moral aspects of the profession.