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Do ethics matter to researchers? Descriptive data on references to ethics in published research

Schwartz, Stephanie, Rodehau-Noack, Johanna ORCID: 0000-0003-3288-1554 and Broache, M.P. (2024) Do ethics matter to researchers? Descriptive data on references to ethics in published research. . London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Research on conflict frequently employs data collection methods that involve interaction with human subjects. Given the ethical issues raised by engagement with human subjects, recent work has called on scholars to foreground a consideration of ethics at all stages of the research process, from design to publication. However, whether researchers, editors, and reviewers treat ethics as if they matter is a separate, empirical question. To address this question, we introduce the Research Ethics in Conflict Studies (RECS) dataset documenting references to ethics in five prominent comparative politics and international relations journals from 2014-2021. We find that references to ethics are relatively infrequent and tend to highlight procedural considerations relating to Institutional Review Board approval, rather than substantive ethical issues. We propose several possible uses for our dataset, including an analysis of the effects of factors such as author characteristics, and we present a preliminary analysis of one such variable–author gender–on the frequency of ethics references.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: © 2024 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2024 16:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 16:00

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