In the last years an increase in the importance of the role of ethical issues in the world has been observed. Research is a process of collecting and analyzing information to increase the understanding of a phenomenon under study. Due to the complexity of such phenomena, nowadays mostly of the times such research work is performed in a group or community, under public grants accomplishing a collaborative research consortium. Consequently to the nature of such collaborations, ethical conduct is vital to the maintenance of such research communities. This paper provides some information about ethical issues clarifying its importance and challenges in collaborative manufacturing research development and exploitation.

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