Sentio Issue 2: Ethics in research and practice
in production for publication in October 2020
The Sentio editorial team has invited authors to submit abstracts on the topic of ‘Ethics in research and practice’. In keeping with the ambitions of the journal, ontological and epistemological questions of ethics pose many debates and dilemmas. Present throughout the research lifecycle, from the identification of potential participants and selection of methodologies to analysis and dissemination, and perhaps even in (re)enforcing disciplinary boundaries, ethics can exceed the authority or control of the researcher. Concern for the protection of persons involved in research and the validity of generated knowledge has resulted in the creation of ethical codes of conduct across disciplines and a call for increased reflexivity throughout the processes, practices, and performances of research. With regard to research and practice, we consider: where does the question of ethics begin or end?
We have welcomed broad interpretations of the theme for this issue, recognising the inherent complexity and depth of ethics, not least in reflecting on the various uses, meanings, and mobilisations of the concept within and across social science research and practice.
There will be contributions in all three sections of the journal – Articles | Features | Reflections.
The Articles section comprises academic articles (1,000–3,000 words) on the theme, giving contributors a platform to publish early-stage ideas, theories, emergent findings from empirical research, or summaries of doctoral thesis chapters. Potential areas are:
- Philosophical or theoretical discussions about the concept of ‘ethics’ in social science research in general or within a specific discipline;
- Ethical dimensions of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
- The place of ‘ethics’ in the analysis and dissemination of research findings.
The Features section contains interviews, reviews of recent publications, and commentaries on current debates in relation to the theme (1,000–2,000 words). Potential areas are:
- Interviews with scholars whose work engages with or extends boundaries of ethics in social science scholarship;
- Reviews of recent articles engaging with the concept of ethics or ethical issues;
- Commentaries on recent ethical debates in your discipline or ethical dimensions of current affairs.
The Reflections section features informal deliberation on all stages of research and aspects of life and work as a researcher (250–1,500 words). Potential areas are:
- Moments of a researcher’s experience often left out of the final text, for example personal reflections, emotional insights, or other experiences;
- Stories that highlight the ways, means, and processes by which you as a researcher or your research has encountered ethical dilemmas;
- Experiences of ethical issues using different research methods or approaches.