The AISSR has developed a procedure for the ethical review of research plans. Beware: the idea is not for you to flag up rules that you promise to observe and neither for you to present us with forms. Instead of adding to formalities, we seek to foster reflection and care. We expect requests for ethics permission to articulate and address the real, true and sometimes irreducible problems that you face. In order to support that way of working, we do not provide a checklist for you to check, but questions that we challenge you to think about. Please, work with these questions in an open and explorative way. The aim is for you to devote time and effort to thinking through and making explicit how your research plans will lead to good research, not only in a methodological sense but also in another sense, call it social, ethical, aesthetic or something else.
Through the link below you will find questions that will help you to decide whether asking for ethical permission is required or might be wise and to design your research in an ethical way and to compose your ethics section.
If you ask for ethical permission, your research plan, including your ethics section, will be assessed by the AISSR Ethics Advisory Board, which is composed of researchers at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research. In the case of a disagreement, it is possible to call upon the ethics committee of the Social Science Faculty. Please note that PhD students are all required to complete the ethics application to the online protal as part of our training programme (also when ethical approval might not be needed).
If your answers make good enough sense, permission will be granted. If there are difficulties to attend to, however, the Ethical Advisory Board will engage in a dialogue with you.
We cannot read full research proposals, but hope for succinct summaries of research plans plus answers to our questions through the online portal. Please take the following steps to submit your research for ethical review. Note: the proposals in the portal will be circulated to the board 1 week prior to their meetings.
The Faculty Ethics Committee has formally mandated the AISSR Ethics Advisory Board to advise and give guidance in addressing ethical issues specific to research in the domain of social sciences. This board supports the ethical reflection on new research projects and, if needed, grants permission to conduct them.
The AISSR Ethical Advisory Board consists of a core group of AISSR researchers with different disciplinary and methodological backgrounds. It currently consists of: Dr Thijs Bol, Dr Michaela Hordijk, Dr Tom van der Meer, Prof. Annemarie Mol and Dr Rachel Spronk. When necessary, they call on the advice of third parties. The board is coordinated by Alix Nieuwenhuis (A.E.Nieuwenhuis@uva.nl).
The board meets every second Monday of the month (except for the Summer break). Note: the agenda and proposals will be circulated to the board 1 week prior to their meetings:
If you have questions or would like to submit a research proposal for ethical review, please contact: A.E.Nieuwenhuis@uva.nl.
The AISSR Integrity Protocol articulates AISSR-wide standards on scholarly integrity and data management in the AISSR research community, and an organization for facilitating discussion and protection of such standards. Its purpose is to promote and guard academic integrity for the AISSR, but also to facilitate advances in the quality of our research enterprise in terms of scholarly and societal impact.
The AISSR Integrity Committee handles questions and issues of integrity, and deliberates on how to deal with violations of any aspect of the Protocol that come to the Committee’s attention by a given AISSR Researcher. This Committee meets no less than once per semester, and includes the following members: Brian Burgoon (AISSR Academic Director), Nicole Schulp (AISSR, secretary), Annemarie Mol (member of the AISSR Ethics Committee), Marieke de Goede (representative of the Department of Political Science), Richard Ronald (representative of the GPIO Department) and Robert Pool (representative of the Anthropology Department).
Serious violations of the Protocol can be discussed and deliberated-upon in confidentiality, but if the Committee or involved researchers at any time wish to dispute the deliberations or recommendations of the Committee, issues or cases can be brought before the formal University-level Integrity Commission.
Please also refer to the new Code of Conduct for Research Integrity by the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands).
For questions concerning the protocol you can contact: Nicole Schulp, N.Schulp@uva.nl.