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Research Conducted Using Data Obtained through Online Communities: Ethical Implications of Methodological Limitations

  • A. Cecile J. W. Janssens mail,

    a.janssens@erasmusmc.nl

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Peter Kraft

    Affiliation: Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: October 23, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001328

About the Authors

A. Cecile J. W. Janssens
Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands
A. Cecile J. W. Janssens
Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Peter Kraft
Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: a.janssens@erasmusmc.nl

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: ACJWJ PK. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: ACJWJ PK. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: ACJWJ PK. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: ACJWJ PK.