Every research on human subjects must be reviewed and approved by an independent, nationally-recognized ethics review committee before it can be uploaded into the Hub.
Researchers should avoid, wherever possible, actions which may have deleterious consequences for other researchers or which might undermine the reputation of their discipline.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to explain as fully as is reasonable and appropriate: the aims, nature and objectives of their research, research participants as well as the location of study.
Please note that you can upload abstract, details of an on-going study or the full research report (published and unpublished).
GUIDELINES TO USERS
Debate and dissent are welcome, but personal attacks on any author of a strand of conversation or individual who participates in the conversation will not be tolerated. The conveners reserve the right to immediately de-list anyone who breaches protocol and decorum. It is important to maintain an inviting space for intelligent and constructive discussion of topics.
People often feel strongly about issues posted, but to maintain the moderated format of postings by members, the convener asks that users continue to be respectful by moderating the content and tone of their posts.
The Research Hub has a copyright of National AIDS Control Council and comments that users make to further discussions remain within the Hub. We want this to be a safe place, where members feel comfortable sharing personal insights and research with colleagues.
Any registered user of the Hub can be a member of a community of practice. Within each community, members can take official and unofficial roles. Several recognized unofficial roles include pot-stirrer, playful antagonist, thought leader, peace keeper, and mentor. The unofficial roles that members can play in community of practice will be based on both personalities and the knowledge ability of the members who will assume them. Each member brings to the community their stories, experiences, and expertise. Through the ongoing exchange of this knowledge, they will develop social identities within the community.
Moderator Maintain vibrancy of the community and evaluate its contribution to the Research Hub aims and NACC by tracking membership (both number of members, length of membership), activities and participation rates; and providing CoP impact on members’ knowledge, practice, policy and practice.
Communities of Practice (CoP) moderators will be expected to perform a variety of functions including:
Identifying important issues in their research domain of discussion
Facilitate registration of members in their communities
Provide quality checks on issues of discussion before publishing in the Hub
Planning and facilitating community events/discussions/conversations
Moderate discussions to ensure consistency and continuity
Creating formal and informal connections between community members
Managing the boundary between the community and the formal organization
Building the practice—including the knowledge base, best practices, tools and methods, and learning events
Any member of a community of practice can be a co-moderator and can start a discussion and moderate it which will then be approved by the moderator for publication.
Criteria for Approval/Rejection of comments/Discussions by a moderator
Comments should be objective and not based on personal feelings or tastes.
Comments that use insulting language shall automatically be rejected
Those that are directed at specific individuals on a personal level.
Those that are not relevant to the core of the community
Selection criteria for a moderator
An individual who recognizes and is willing to provide the time commitment needed to lead the community of practice
An individual who has competence and credibility within the particular field of research
An individual who is attuned to key issues, and concerns of the online research community
An individual with appropriate online communication skills and preferably, experience moderating online communities.