Every researcher has some interests that underlie the research. These interests can be personal, professional, or financial. Researcher’s personal interest sometimes come in conflict with professional interests. There should have to be a balance between these interests. The researcher has a commitment to the field of research, to other researchers (research community), and to the society. The researcher should know how to justify his own interests and his commitments. It is important to maintain a balance between interests and commitments for the integrity of science and research.
Personal, professional, or financial interest of the researcher some times become so overpowering that the researcher forget his commitment to the field of research and science as a whole. Having some personal interests in the research is not negative in itself until the researcher does not know how to manage the personal interests positively.
- Many expert researcher want to produce many publications so that they get fame or commercial benefit. This only result in research that lacks utility and benefit to the society.
- Other times expert researcher use their students for their own interests and ask them to work on research projects that the students are not comfortable to work on. The students work selflessly and sometimes they do not get the exposure and prominence that they deserve.
- Some researcher want to save time by working on a topic that has not been thoroughly defined or narrowed. They want to bring out many publications and want to get fame but in this way they forget about their commitment to research.
- Some researcher get funds and grants to work on projects that are less worthy than they can work on. They prefer to take grants but do not understand that such topics are not what they should work on.
- Financial gains are of importance to the researcher but not on the verge of researcher’s commitment to science and research.
- If the researcher has some personal interests in the research that can positively or negatively influences the findings the researcher should inform about the readers about the interests and possible conflicts that might arise due to that. This is a good way to inform the readers about the objectivity of your research.
- The universities should also conduct independent inquiries to find out any personal or professional interests of the researcher that can impact the generation of knowledge. When universities offer scholarship for research many researcher get tempted by the financial benefits of the research. There are many legal, federal, media, and other regulation entities that generate inquiries for any conflicts of interests.
Commitments to research
Your commitment to research is and should be of foremost importance. Every researcher should know that his research should being some direct or indirect benefit to the society. There are also some rules and regulations that help the researcher understand the importance of his commitment to research and science. Every research adds to the knowledge available in that field and it should help other researchers explore the subject in more details. There are many ways the researcher can resolve the conflicts between his own interests and his commitments to the research.
- The organizations or institutions who fund the research and journals that publish the research sometimes ask the researcher to identify his/her financial and personal relationships and interests. Financial interests and personal relationships could result in biased findings and inaccurate investigation.
- It should also be noted that personal inclination or opposition of the research population could highly interfere with fair and impartial judgment. It could interfere with making right analysis of the results. The researcher should keep their personal inclinations aside when studying a particular group. If the researcher shows bias in analyzing the results of the research he not only adds prejudice to his research but also goes against the standards of science and research.
- The researcher should use tools like peer-review and corroboration in qualitative research to make sure that no bias or prejudice is introduced in the research. In quantitative research the researcher should make sure there is a trail of all the experiments that he has performed in or outside the laboratory.
- Professional reputation of the researcher and the prestige of science both are at stake when the researcher does not balance between interests and commitments.
- Commitment to research also get overlooked when the researcher get involved in many projects at one time. The reason for this can be personal, professional, or financial. The commitment to research requires giving proper time and energy to one project at a time. The researcher should know how to balance their time and other resources before committing to many projects at a time.
- “Conflicts of Interests and Commitments”. American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/research/responsible/conflicts/index
- “Tips for Managing Conflicts of Interest or Commitment”. Virginia Tech. https://www.research.vt.edu/conflict-of-interest/tips-managing-conflicts-interest-or-commitment.html
- “Conflicts of Interest and Commitment”. University of Colorado Boulder Research and Innovation Office. https://www.colorado.edu/researchinnovation/coi