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Write a Research Methods Case Study in Social Science Ethics

Have you completed a research project with interesting ethical dimensions? Are you interested in sharing your experience of the research process?

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SAGE Research Methods Cases brings the stories of real research to students and their instructors. Through reading your case study, students will learn how to carry out a research project, choose and use appropriate methods, and recognize the challenges and concerns of conducting ethical research in the real world.

Previous case studies have addressed challenges of gaining ethical approval for research; the ethics of interviewing survivors of rape in post-conflict Rwanda; and practical strategies for securing informed consent from research participants. SAGE is particularly interested in case studies which address substantive issues and reflect the complexities of conducting social science research.

What are SAGE Research Methods Cases?

SAGE Research Methods Cases are used for teaching and learning social science research methods in more than 300 institutions worldwide. Cases are peer-reviewed and are . . .

  • Short and accessible accounts of research methods in the context of real research projects
  • Pedagogically focused to help students understand the practicalities of doing research
  • Introductory in tone: explanatory and jargon-free
  • Engaging: using examples and writing devices that reach out to the student reader and make research feel relevant, meaningful and useful

Resources for Authors

The following resources are available to authors writing, or considering writing, a research methods case study. Clicking on the links below will automatically download the Word documents needed to prepare a case study for consideration.

To take a look at previously published case studies, we recommend starting a 30-day free trial of the collection.

 Frequently Asked Questions  Contributor Guidelines  Submission Template 

How to Get Involved

  • The final deadline for completed (reviewed and revised) cases will be August 1, 2019, for publication in early 2020.
  • SAGE is delighted to be working with Dr. Nathan Emmerich (Australian National University & Dublin City University), who is the series editor for this collection.
  • For further information and to discuss your idea for a case study in research ethics, please contact Dr. Emmerich by email at

What Authors are Saying

"The format of this publication allowed me to think out of the box. It fostered creativity and encouraged me to reflect on the process of doing research rather than on the results alone."

Dr. Eva Jansen, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tuebingen, Germany

"Writing one of these case studies provides an opportunity to explore both the importance and the tyranny of ethics governance by our Universities and the codes of ethics promulgated by our professional associations."

Professor David Whyte, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool 

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