We have collated a number of useful resources on research ethics, consent and anonymisation.

Ethical guidelines for researchers

Ethical guidelines from the Social Research Association

Ethical guidelines from the Oral History Society

Ethics guide from the Association of Internet Researchers

RESPECT project - professional and ethical guidelines for the conduct of socio-economic research, funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme

Methodological Issues in Qualitative Data Sharing and Archiving

Research Ethics Framework from the Economic and Social Research Council

Research ethics in art design and media

Statement of Ethical Practice for the British Sociological Association

The Research Ethics Guidebook: a resource for social scientists RDI project, section on consent for archiving & sharing

Data sharing

Data Sharing Review by Richard Thomas and Mark Walport, UK Ministry of Justice, 2008

Informed consent

Data protection issues relating to survey research - from the perspective of market research firms and survey data

Informed Consent and the Research Process - an ESRC Research Methods Programme project


Anonymising Research Data - ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, Working Paper 7/06

Guide to Social Science Preparation and Archiving from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

Timescapes - Managing your data for archiving - Anonymisation Guidelines

Resources for Research Ethics Committees

Data Protection and Research Activity - University of Essex guidelines on conducting research within current data legislation, with particular reference to interaction with funding bids and how this may strengthen such applications

Research and the Data Protection Act 1998 - advice from the University of Edinburgh

The Association of Research Ethics Committees - discussion forum, guidance workshops and a journal, Research Ethics

Unpacking the Moral Maze: Training researchers on Ethics and Ethical Practice in Social Science Research - resource from the Faculty of Social Science at Lancaster University

Resources for medical and health research

Data protection, informed consent and research - a British Medical Journal editorial on data protection, informed consent and research, with further links

Ethics and research governance - a Medical Research Council resource containing guidance on planning, or conducting, studies involving people who lack the mental capacity to give informed consent about taking part in research, which also covers the use of personal information by medical researchers, including patient data for which consent has not or will not be obtained

National Research Ethics Service - provides guidance on NHS ethics applications

The Information Centre - provides some NHS guidelines on the Freedom of Information Act, data protection and statistical and information governance