The National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH) is an impartial advisory body established to provide guidelines for research ethics and to promote good and responsible research.

The first version of NESH's guidelines was adopted in 1993 and later amended in 1999 and 2006. The present round of revision has been discussed in NESH since 2013, and a new version was sent on national consultation in May 2015. This is the fourth edition of NESH's Guidelines for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Law and Theology.[1]

The main change in this edition is that the distinction between law and ethics is defined more precisely, particularly in the introduction. Also, the institutional division of labour is clarified in the introduction. Thus, the guidelines now mainly consist of ethical advice and guidance for good scientific practice. Two new guidelines have been incorporated regarding co-authorship and impartiality. Also, the order of guidelines 25–28 has been reversed, so that the guidelines regarding 25) Co-authorship and 26) Good citation practice now appear before the guidelines regarding 27) Plagiarism and 28) Scientific integrity.

Oslo, June 2016

Bjørn Hvinden (Committee Chair), Kirsten Johanne Bang, Kjersti Fjørtoft, Ingegerd Holand, Roar Johnsen, Ivar Kolstad, Tor Monsen, Anne Nevøy, Erling Sandmo, May-Len Skilbrei, Elisabeth Staksrud, Knut Martin Tande, Pål Ulleberg, Lisbeth Øyum, and Vidar Enebakk (Head of Secretariat).


[1] NESH, Guidelines for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Law and Theology, Oslo (1993) 2016.