Ethics Statement

The coordinators of the EoSS project are committed to adhering to the ethical standards of the American Anthropological Association code of ethics (1998), The Ethical Guidelines for Good Research Practice of the Association for Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth, and the American Psychological Association code of conduct (2010). These documents are available for reference (see below).

Key aspects are:

Members of the EoSS Consortium (henceforth ‘consortium members’) take seriously their responsibilities towards research participants.

The EoSS tasks for participants:

  1. Have been used in previous studies
  2. Do not involve deception
  3. Do not involve children
  4. Do not involve animals
  5. Are non-invasive
  6. Require the subject to verbally name or to point
  7. Are audio-recorded, and recordings will be archived

Consortium members must make sure participants are willing and able to give informed consent to take part in this research. Consortium members must:

  1. Describe the requirements of the task and ensure that participants understand
  2. Ensure the participant understands that they can withdraw from the experiment at any time
  3. Ensure that participants indicate their consent on the Participant Form
  4. Obtain explicit consent to make audio-recordings
  5. Anonymise participant responses
  6. Not disclose any personally-identifying material
  7. Reimburse participants for their time at an appropriate rate
  8. Debrief the participants at the end of the study

Consortium members also have responsibilities towards scholarship and science. These include honest and transparent analysis of the data, and prompt dissemination of results. The EoSS Coordinators will see that data is appropriately archived to preserve it for posterity. All reasonable measures will be taken to allow other scholars sufficient access to the data to reproduce reported results and to build upon them.

Of special note here are responsibilities towards scientific contributors and collaborators. Many of the elements making up the EoSS elicitation task come from other sources, and it is crucial that these are cited correctly by all consortium members wherever appropriate. Consortium members will adhere to the latest version of publication guidelines from the EoSS office. Consortium members are encouraged to share all research based on the EoSS materials with other participants, and to lodge a copy with the EoSS office.

Consortium members must respect their responsibilities towards institutions and governments by obtaining necessary permission to carry out research.