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In this section, we present some guidelines and resources to help consider the ethical issues surrounding god research conduct and publishing practices, how to avoid common mistakes, how to conduct and present research in the most transparent and ethically sound fashion.

Canadian Institute of Health Research Sex & Gender Training Modules
Three free online modules designed to improve the ability of health researchers and peer reviewers to account for sex and gender in biomedical research, primary and secondary data collection with human participants.

Conflict of interest in scientific publishing
This module describes recent trends in industry sponsorship of scientific research and the ethical risks involved in accepting funding from funding sources such as the tobacco industry and pharmaceutical companies.

EASE Ethics Checklist for Authors
The EASE Ethics Checklist for Authors is intended for use by scientific journals during or soon after manuscript submission, to detect the possible ethical problems.

EQUATOR – Goodreports
An online tool that helps authors determine their study paradigm and provides the appropriate guidelines required to plan and report on medical research.

How to resolve ethical dilemmas related to authorship, copyright and scientific misconduct
This module is devoted to ethical issues that arise in the context of scientific research and publishing, including carelessness in citing and reviewing the literature; redundant publication; failure to declare a conflict of interest; unfair authorship; plagiarism and scientific fraud. The resources in this module assist ethical decision-making. Case studies are used to illustrate seven ethical topics, with a commentary on each case provided to demonstrate a practical approach to making sound decisions.

National Institute of Health – Rigor & Responsibility Training
NIH developed four video modules with accompanying discussion materials that focus on integral components of reproducibility and rigor in the research endeavor, such as bias, blinding, and exclusion criteria. These are not comprehensive training modules. They may serve as a foundation upon which to build further education, training, and discussion.

SYstematic Review Center for Laboratory animal Experimentation (SYRCLE)
Free elearning course providing guidance on methodological practices of systematic reviews of animal studies, to advance responsible animal-based research.

The module can be accessed here, using the log-in code syrcle:

This elearning takes about one hour, and after successful completion people get a digital certificate.