Newson AJ, Lipworth W. Why should ethics approval be required prior to publication of health promotion research? Health Promotion Journal of Australia 9 November 2015 (Epub)
Most academic journals that publish studies involving human participants require evidence that the research has been approved by a human research ethics committee (HREC). Yet journals continue to receive submissions from authors who have failed to obtain such approval. In this paper, the authors provide a systematic and comprehensive assessment of why research ethics approval should generally be obtained before publishing in the health promotion context.