May 7th, 2015
OD Network Japan
Ethical Guidelines for Research Presentations & Submissions
Presentations at the annual OD Network Japan convention and submissions to ‘OD Journal’ and related information given by ODJN members at conferences must adhere to the following ethical guidelines. In addition, all research presentations and papers submitted will be referred to as ‘announcements’.
- Whenever any case examples are announced, previous approval must be received from all individuals mentioned and the person responsible for all systems mentioned.
- As standard practice, whenever cases are announced, names of organizations and individuals will be kept anonymous using alphabet letters such as ‘company A’, and ‘Mr./Mrs./Ms. B’, etc. for those mentioned. For instances where there is the sense that the name of an organization should be identified in a case study presentation, then approval must be granted by a representative from the organizations and individuals, and specific references must be made.
- Whenever pictures or documents clearly identifying individuals are used in research presentations, then approval for the pictures or documents must be received.
- Imposing unnecessary burdens or disadvantages upon subjects of research is not allowed. Subjects of data collection for research presentations (i.e. questionnaires, assessments, interview surveys, observations, etc.) must receive an explanation of the purpose.
- Presenters must be extremely careful how they manage personal data, to protect individuals who are identified, to prevent personal information data leaks.
- When presentations are made from data collected from case studies and interviews, etc., where individuals are identified, then as a rule, approval is required by the research ethics review committee for the organization the presenter is affiliated with and the data sourced, for cases where there is a research ethics review committee.
- Approval by the copyright holder is required for any clearly copyrighted assessments or psychological tests sourced.
- Fabrication of research data, fraudulent use, and plagiarism (i.e. whereby someone else’s theories are purported to be ones own without proper credit), etc. are strictly contrary to the ethics of scientific research and must be strictly avoided.
- If an ethical problem occurs, the person making the announcement must be held responsible.