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Write an Ethics Research Methods Case Study

Thank you for your interest in contributing to SAGE Research Methods Cases!

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

Writing a case study is easy – just tell us about your research journey! We want you to write a short, accessible reflection on the ethical aspects of a research project that you have undertaken. Through reading your case 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 the challenges of getting ethical approval for research, the ethics of interviewing survivors of rape in post-conflict Rwanda and the construction of information sheets for the purposes of securing informed consent. We are particularly interested in cases that address substantive issues and reflect the complexities of conducting research

SAGE Research Methods Cases at a glance

  • Cases should be 2,000-5,000 words in length.
  • Cases will be peer reviewed and authors will be asked to respond to reviewer queries.
  • Cases should be written using our SAGE Research Methods Cases submission template. 
  • The final deadline for completed (reviewed and revised) cases will be the 1st of August 2018, for publication in January 2019.


To view a selection of our previously published case studies, please feel free to sign up for a 30-day free trial of SAGE Research Methods Cases at

Curious and looking for more information?

Download the SAGE Research Methods Cases contributor guidelines & FAQs

Download the SAGE Research Methods Cases Ethics submission template

SAGE is delighted to be working with Dr. Nathan Emmerich (Queen's University Belfast & 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 him at: 

"This 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 Tübingen, 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.