Covid-19 has affected different areas of society (health, political, social, economic, educational, etc.). In this context, scientific research appears as a source of possible solutions that help to face the problem, prevent its spread or favor a cure. The demand of the situation implies the carrying out of investigations at an accelerated rate. This implies an additional challenge to carry out the studies efficiently (in time and resources), but without neglecting the ethical standards of research with human beings. We offer a reading list that, in addition to this toolkit, can be useful to face ethical challenges in the context of the crisis by Covid-19:

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Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., y Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. Lancet, 395(10227), 912–920.

Chiumento, A., Rahman, A., Frith, L., Snider, L., y Tol, W. A. (2017). Ethical standards for mental health and psychosocial support research in emergencies: review of literature and current debates. Globalization and Health, 13(1), 8.

Calia, C., Reid, C., Guerra, C., Oshodi, A., Marley, C., Amos, A., Barrera, P., & Grant, L. (2020). Ethical challenges in the COVID-19 research context: a toolkit for supporting analysis and resolution. Ethics & Behavior.

Dalton, L., Rapa, E., & Stein,A. (2020). Protecting the psychological health of children through effective communication about COVID-19. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Inchausti, F., MacBeth, A., Hasson-Ohayon, I., & Dimaggio, G. (2020). Psychological interventions and the Covid-19 pandemic. Psyarxiv preprint

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Mormina, M., Horn, R., Hallowell, N., Musesengwa, R., Lingou, S., & Nguyen, J. (2020). Research during humanitarian emergencies: Ethics best practice. Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford.

McKee, M., & Stuckler, D. (2020). If the world fails to protect the economy, COVID-19 will damage health not just now but also in the future. Nature Medicine.

Legido-Quigley, H., Mateos-García, J. T., Campos, V. R., Gea-Sánchez, M., Muntaner, C., y McKee, M. (2020). The resilience of the Spanish health system against the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Public Health.

Li, Q., Guan, X., Wu, P., Wang, X., Zhou, L., Tong, Y., … Feng, Z. (2020). Early Transmission Dynamics in Wuhan, China, of Novel Coronavirus-Infected Pneumonia. New England Journal of Medicine.

Reid, C., Calia, C., Guerra, C. & Grant, L. (2019). Ethical Action in Global Research: A Toolkit. The University of Edinburgh. Available at:

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