Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 77–97 | Cite as

Reporting Ethics Committee Approval in Public Administration Research

  • Sara R. JordanEmail author
  • Phillip W. Gray
Original Paper


While public administration research is thriving because of increased attention to social scientific rigor, lingering problems of methods and ethics remain. This article investigates the reporting of ethics approval within public administration publications. Beginning with an overview of ethics requirements regarding research with human participants, I turn to an examination of human participants protections for public administration research. Next, I present the findings of my analysis of articles published in the top five public administration journals over the period from 2000 to 2012, noting the incidences of ethics approval reporting as well as funding reporting. In explicating the importance of ethics reporting for public administration research, as it relates to replication, reputation, and vulnerable populations, I conclude with recommendations for increasing ethics approval reporting in public administration research.


Public administration Ethics approval Ethics reporting Research ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and Public AdministrationThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong, HKSAR
  2. 2.Liberal Arts ProgramTexas A and M University at QatarDohaQatar

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