A group of researchers are conducting a study of whether women aged 65 to 69 years will accept screening for breast cancer. They plan to invite these women for screening in the same way as they invite younger women for screening but will not know that they are part of a research study. The authors want advice on whether journals would be willing to publish their results, despite the fact that the women will not have given informed consent to be part of the study.
Honesty is the best policy. The women must be told that this is a survey and therefore the question the researchers want to ask may not be answered.
The journal said that it would consider the paper when submitted.