Defining research

George F. Tomossy*

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An activity defined as research will attract a particular set of regulatory, ethical and legal responses; however, assigning a clear definition of research is a difficult if not impossible task. The purpose of this article is to explore and emphasise the various aspects of research which allow it to be characterised as a reviewable activity and to stimulate discussion with a view to identifying which class of activities warrants a regulatory response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalMonash Bioethics Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


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