Human Respondents privacy and interests
Reported research should reflect the general ‘do no harm’ principle. Openness and honesty regarding purpose, methods, outcomes and sponsors, should have been guiding principles during the work done. Regarding informed consent and necessary permissions, in cases where human subjects participated in data collection procedures or where human sources were cited /highlighted anonymously, authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained or anonymity was guaranteed. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed. Competing ethical obligations due collaborators and affected parties always should be considered and weighed carefully, recognising that obligations to research participants are usually primary.