The Length of Informed Consent Forms and Participant Outcomes

Informed Consent Forms (ICFs) are an essential component of research involving human subjects. ICFs provide participants with general information about the study, participant expectations, risks/benefits, compensation/expenses and privacy safeguards. In an effort to provide additional information for ethical and legal purposes, the length of ICFs have significantly increased over recent decades (Albala, Doyle & Appelbaum, 2010; Kass, et al, 2011; Corneli & Sugarman, 2017).

Indigenous Research and Academic Freedom: A View from Political Scientists

Should all political science research with Indigenous communities and on Indigenous topics involve formal research partnerships? The push from ethics boards, granting agencies, and the literature is for the answer to be yes.

PhD students, take note! Some thoughts on academic publishing

Earlier this month at Western, I spoke to PhD students in political science about how to publish. Here are the speaking notes I used for that presentation.


The Five “Ws” and One “H” of Publishing

I’ve structured my presentation on academic publishing around six questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? And How?

Let me begin with Why you should publish.


Why should you publish?

build a CV for scholarships and job market

get in the habit of publishing (a key aspect of this career)