If your research topic or setting requires ethical review, you can ask our research ethics committee for a statement. Ethical principles in human sciences relate to respecting the research subjects' autonomy, their privacy and data protection, and avoiding harm.
Due attention to ethical review is in order if your research involves minors, for example. The funding source, cooperation partner or publication channel of your research may also require ethical review.
The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) has more specific guidelines on human sciences.
The research ethics committee provides statements about the research plans that are submitted to an ethical review by researchers. The review on the research plan and methods is carried out following TENK guidelines. Ethical reviews are intended to cover research in and after the postgraduate phase.
The supervisors of basic degree students are responsible for making sure that the students' theses comply with ethical principles. If an ethical review is necessary, the student requests a statement with his or her supervisor.
Required information and appendices
The research ethics committee has prepared a template for requests for statement. Please fill in all required information and enclose the necessary appendices to the request. If you have any questions about drafting the request, processing times or the process in general, please contact the secretary of the research ethics committee (see section ‘Contact us’ below).
Download the template for request
Submitting the request
Please deliver your request for statement to the University Registry, where it will be forwarded to the secretary of the committee.
Visiting address: University Main Building, E-wing, 3rd floor, Yliopistonkatu 8, Rovaniemi
Office hours: Mon–Fri 9–11am and 12–3pm
Tel. +358 40 484 4484
kirjaamo (at) ulapland.fi
Postal address: P.O. Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Research settings requiring review
TENK guidelines state that a research plan must be submitted to ethical review if any of the following apply:
- The study involves an intervention in the physical integrity of subjects.
The study deviates from the principle of informed consent (ethical review is not required if the research is based on public documents, registries or archived data).
The subjects are children under the age of 15 and the study is not part of the normal activities of a school or an institution of early childhood education and care and the data are collected without parental consent and without providing the parents or guardians the opportunity to forbid the child from taking part in the study.
The study exposes research subjects to exceptionally strong stimuli and evaluating possible harm requires special expertise (for example studies containing violence or pornography
The study may cause long-term mental harm (trauma, depression, sleeplessness) beyond the risks encountered in normal life.
The study can signify a security risk to subjects (for example studies concerning domestic violence).
You may also request a review from the research ethics committee if it is required by your subject, financier, cooperation partner or the scientific journal where your results are to be published.
Other factors to consider
You must also submit your study to ethical review if it poses considerable harm or threat to yourself.
Furthermore, an ethical review is in order if the researcher, subjects and/or cooperation partners are in some way dependent on or linked to each other (due to family relationships, financial dependency or institutional settings, for example). Dependent relationships do not necessarily prevent the implementation of the study but ethical guidelines require these factors be recognised and their effects be evaluated.
In the case of artistic research, the responsibility of an artist-researcher extends to the audience of his or her artworks and other people involved in the activities. An ethical review is needed if there is a risk that the artistic process or products cause harm or threat to the audience or other participants.
The researcher's ethical responsibility towards the research subjects and objects of study must be understood in its broadest sense, covering also animals and the natural environment in the abovementioned way, where applicable.
- Researcher Tanja Joona, Arctic Centre (deputy member: Senior Scientist Minna Turunen)
- University Lecturer Anniina Koivurova, Faculty of Art and Design (deputy member: University Lecturer Mari Mäkiranta)
- Associate Professor Mirva Lohiniva-Kerkelä, Faculty of Law (deputy member: University Lecturer Ilari Hovila)
- Professor Heli Ruokamo, Faculty of Education, Chair of the Committee (deputy member: University Lecturer Kirsti Lempiäinen)
- Professor Heli Valokivi, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vice-Chair of the Committee (deputy member: University Lecturer Petri Koikkalainen)
- Professor Markku Vieru, Multidimensional Tourism Institute (deputy member: University Lecturer Monika Lüthje)
The research ethics committee meets on an as-needed basis. The last committee meeting this year takes place in December. Requests that have arrived at the Registry before December 4th will be addressed in this meeting.
Secretary to the research ethics committee
Research integrity advisor
firstname.lastname (at) ulapland.fi
Tel. +358 40 484 4364