Experimental Linguists who want to work in fieldwork contexts have to conform to the ethical standards developed for psycholinguistic experiments while at the same time fulfilling the ethical requirements for linguistic fieldwork or anthropological linguistics. This leads to new ethical challenges that have only recently been discussed in more detail.
Handouts about Research Ethics for Psycholinguistics in the Field
Ethics Guidelines of Research Organisations
- American Anthropological Association (AAA)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)
- Australian Linguistic Society (ALS)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK)
- Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi
- Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
Ethikkommission der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs): http://www.dgps.de/index.php?id=185 (psychology)
Ethikkommission der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS): https://dgfs.de/de/inhalt/ueber/ethikkomission/ (linguistics)
Blog with Discussion about Fieldwork Ethics
Research Ethics, Sustainability, and Permaculture
Ecological aspects of psycholinguistic or fieldwork research are rarely discussed; and ethical aspects of open data, sustainable data management, and research planning have only recently received more attention. A sustainability-focused approach that integrates the principles of people care, earth care, and fair share is the permaculture approach (see also the Wikipedia article about permaculture). For a brief description of the permaculture ethics principles for sustainable systems, see: https://permacultureprinciples.com/ethics/ (in English), https://permakultur-akademie.de/front_content.php?idcat=126&lang=1 (in German). A discussion about the relationship between permaculture, bioethics, research, and philosophy can be found here: https://permaculturenews.org/2012/01/11/permaculture-and-philosophy/. A discussion about permaculture and sustainable research and sustainable digital and social practices can be found here: https://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/permaculture-sustainable-research-digital-practices/.