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For all those interested in or faced with ethical issues in their use of research methods

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A group for all those interested in or faced with ethical issues in their use of research methods.

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How ‘Good Work’ Hurts Political Science

Started by William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. Feb 3, 2015.

Letter of approval

Started by Karen McPhail-Bell Mar 12, 2012.

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Comment by Dr Mike Lambert on November 19, 2015 at 6:55

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Comment by Cathy Evans on November 24, 2014 at 17:49

Stories of African American Graduates of Online Doctoral Programs Needed!


Cathy Evans, a doctoral student at Walden University, is conducting a study.  African American doctorate recipients who attained a doctorate from online doctoral psychology programs at Title IV privately operated for-profit, online institutions that practice open admission (FPCUs), within the past five years, are needed to share their experiences and knowledge of completing an online doctoral psychology program at an FPCU.  The study seeks to explore the academic achievement of African American students who completed online doctoral programs and attained a doctorate in psychology at Capella University, Walden University, the University of Phoenix, or the University of the Rockies.


Invest a little time from your schedule by contributing your knowledge to an emerging body of knowledge.


To participate, you must be (a) African American and (b) must have attained a doctorate in psychology from an FPCU within the past 5 years.  The time, involved, will consist of the following:

  • One nonpaid 60- to 90-minute in-depth interview: face-to-face, live chat, Skype, OR  telephone, and
  • The time you spend reviewing, your interview summary. 


For more information, please contact Cathy Evans at

Comment by Janet Salmons on March 10, 2014 at 13:01

Social media research ethics When designing a study-- or reading a published article-- how do you decide what is ethical practice for collecting data online? What ethics codes or guidelines do you trust? What questions persist? Discuss the report posted here and your ideas in a #NSMNSS Tweetchat Tuesday March 3 @ 7 PM London/3PM NYC. Just log into Twitter and look for #NSMNSS. 

Comment by Larisa Kosygina on November 1, 2012 at 5:42

Hi,  could you advise me on literature to develop discussion in my article which addresses issue of ethics in social research practice.  I received feedback from two reviewers to the first variant of the article. While one of them consideres that my text is  focused on ethics in research practice, other indicates that it is focused rather on methodological issues than on ethical. That difference in opinion makes me think on methodology-ethic nexus in the context of sociological research. What is methodological issue and what is ethical one? How are they related to each other? In particular, can they be separated in a way that we can say that this particular issue is purely methodological and there is nothing ethical in it to be discussed?  I would be very grateful if you can advice me texts written by others which address these questions. The references to the articles in journals or open electronic resourses would be appreciated, since living in Russia I do not have access to the printed english language books :(  Many thanks in advance

Comment by Dr. Fibian Lukalo on October 19, 2012 at 22:20

Research ethics as a process of 'de-colonizing methodologies?

Comment by Emma Smith on August 20, 2012 at 14:46


Can anyone here recommend any good texts on ethical issues in researching topics of a sensitive nature? Any current texts would be particularly welcomed. Thanks!

Comment by Sarah Fletcher on August 27, 2011 at 11:32

Many, many thanks, Bernard, for your generous gift of your time and wisdom,



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Comment by bernard smith on August 26, 2011 at 21:23


f you were one of the subjects of research that involved live human subjects , here in the USA , you must fully consent to be researched and you will have the option of rescinding your authorization at any point in the research, but if you are the subject then I am in the dark about how you can also "assist" in the research unless this is an auto-ethnographic study. And if you are "assisting" then it is not clear that assisting implies the role of lead researcher. But all this says that I am unfamiliar with British research (I lived in Britain and completed some post grad research many years ago ) or with the role of research mentors or tutors. My ignorance.  

regarding the use of video in a class. A good question. I have some concern about researchers using video in a classroom with K-12 students. I have less of a problem with the use of video when adults are involved (I am not sure that K-12 students can give the kind of consent I think might be necessary), but I guess I slightly less concerned if the person using the video "owns" the classroom  and the subjects are adults and are there in the classroom voluntarily and each has given explicit permission for the recording. More ambiguous and problematic might be where a recording was being taken say, for a publicly available webinar , where all participants volunteered to be present and the recording was used by the researchers because they could access it and it was in the public domain...I think my IRB would still require authorization but I don't know that every institution would require this here in the USA and I have no idea what the rules of engagement are in the UK or in other countries.

As to the fairness or otherwise of the policies and practices of your university , that I cannot speak to. Nor can I speak to the decisions that were made about your complaint. Sounds like you were treated poorly. Perhaps you should write up your story for possible publication in a journal like the Chronicle of Higher Education or the Times Higher Education,     

Comment by Sarah Fletcher on August 26, 2011 at 21:01

Looking forward to continuing discussion tomorrow (it's getting late here!) - thank you very much for responding to my posting,


Best regards,




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