The development of the Framework for Research Ethics in Terrorism Studies (FRETS).

John F. Morrison, Andrew Silke, Eke Bont

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This article introduces readers to the Framework for Research Ethics in Terrorism Studies (FRETS). FRETS has been developed to assist IRB/HREC chairs and reviewers in completing reviews of terrorism studies ethics proposals, in as objective a manner as possible. The framework consists of a series of yes/no questions for chairs and reviewers to answer before completing their reviews. These questions are divided into six different sections: participant’s right’s, safety and vulnerability; informed consent; confidentiality and anonymity; researcher’s right’s, safety and vulnerability; data storage and security-sensitive materials; and the ethical review process. This framework was developed as a result of critical analysis of the literature in terrorism research and analogous fields.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthics and Terrorism
EditorsMax Taylor, John Horgan
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003222873
ISBN (Print)9781032120669, 9781032120652
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • ethics
  • terrorism research
  • terrorism studies
  • framework

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