Academic integrity and ethical committee
Erasmus University Rotterdam has an integrity code since 2002.
ESHCC Ethics Review Board
The Ethics Review Board considers ethical questions connected with the specific nature of prospective research. Working to a set deadline, the Ethics Review Board assesses proposals submitted by ESHCC researchers and research master’s students in the domains of Social Sciences and the Humanities which focus on sensitive issues or where a degree of doubt exists in this regard.
The following people have a seat on the Board:
- Henry Chow, MSc (Arts & Culture Studies)
- Dr Lénia Marques (Arts & Culture Studies)
- Dr Sanne Opree (Media & Communication)
- Dr Jason Pridmore (Media & Communication)
- Laurie Slegtenhorst, MA (History)
- Dr Daniel Trottier (substitute Jason Pridmore, Media & Communication)
- Dr Karin Willemse (History)
Linda Jansen, MA (Faculty Office) is secretary of the Board.
How to submit your application
Please submit the following documents (versions January 12, 2018) to Linda Jansen
- ESHCC Checklist for ethical assessment - mandatory for all ESHCC researchers
- EUR informed consent form (template) – mandatory in case data are obtained among human subjects; if you have already used a different template, in the ESHCC checklist there is the opportunity to check whether all mandatory elements have been addressed.
- Data Management plan (template) – mandatory for all ESHCC researchers
- Data Management plan guide
The Board judges the proposals (i.e. approves or rejects them) using an assessment form. When starting an employment relation with EUR, employees confirm that they will act in compliance with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice. After a research proposal has been approved by the Ethics Review Board, the responsibility of the individual researcher for the work transfers to the faculty, provided that the researcher follows the procedures based on which the consent was provided.
The assessment form incorporates key attributes of the social sciences and the humanities that may influence ethical issues (underlying ethical principles; methodology; participants; participant consent; protection of personal data and privacy). The assessment considers a number of research project phases (ranging from the research plan to the dissemination of the results) as well as the manner in which ethical questions are converted into procedures and instruments. Whenever the Ethics Review Board withholds its approval for a proposal, it indicates what changes are required to secure the Board's approval in the future.
For sharing data safely the EUR provides two services: SURFdrive and SURFfilesender. SURFdrive is the safe Dropbox. SURFfilesender is the safe WeTransfer.
- The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice
- Code of ethics for research in the social and behavioral sciences involving human participants (accepted by the Deans of Social Sciences in the Netherlands, January 2016)
- European Commission Guidance Note for Researchers and Evaluators of Social Sciences and Humanities Research (draft version is the latest version)
- European Commission Research Ethics in Etnography/Anthropology
- European Commission Guidance note - Research on refugees, asylum seekers & migrants
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and more information on the GDPR
If you have any further questions, please contact Linda Jansen. We are working on a FAQ and hope to have this available soon.
For individual advice on your Data Management Plan, please see the website of the Erasmus Data Service Centre.