- American Sociological Association’s Code of Ethics
- The Australia Sociological Association’s Ethical Guidelines
- British Sociological Association’s Statement of Ethical Practice
- International Sociological Association’s Code of Ethics
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- Plural: codes of ethics
- Ethical concerns in research focus on anonymity, coercion, confidentiality, discomfort, informed consent, respect, and stress.
- Proper ethical guidelines must be followed to properly collect, analyze, report, and disseminate any information gained through research.
- Codes of ethics are dynamic, adapting to new technologies and public opinions. Codes of ethics are in place to avoid ethical abuses such as the infamous Milgram Experiment by Stanley Milgram (1933–1984), Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) by Philip George Zimbardo (1933) and Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places by Laud Humphreys (1930–1988).
- Also called:
- ethical code
- ethical guidelines
- professional code of ethics
- Word origin of “code” and “ethics” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Code of Ethics
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “code of ethics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/code-of-ethics/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
code of ethics. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/code-of-ethics/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “code of ethics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/code-of-ethics/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“code of ethics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/code-of-ethics/>.