Ethics and research

Ethics in scientific research means researchers are committed to do their work in a correct and meticulous manner.  This way they take their responsibility towards the public, government and science so that everybody can trust and rely on the results.

UGent regulations

Faculty of Economics

Ghent University


In May 2018 the new European privacy regulation was implemented.  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) doesn't have much influence on scientific research but there are still a few things to keep into account.



SSHT Session on GDPR and Research


Liber Webinar: GDPR and what does it mean for researchers (2018)

What is personal data? "Any information relating to an indentified or identifiable natural person: a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, one or more factors specific to the physical or physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person." (GDPR, article 4)

Informed consent

Keep calm and inform your subjects.

If you want people to provide personal information for your research/survey, the GDPR expects you to:

a) actively inform your subjects on what is going to happen with the data by providing an information sheet and an informed consent form

b) allow the subject to actively agree within the consent form (no pre-ticked boxes).

Data registry

In the near future a data registry will be available within DMPonline.

Information security





Research integrity