NIME Principles & Code of Practice on Ethical Research

Short version

NIME upholds the highest ethical standards in research and artistic practice by recognising the importance of individual persons and data as an expression of personhood. These standards also include ethical values that are not always a concern of institutional research committees, including inclusivity, accessibility, animal rights, socio-economic fairness, and environmental awareness. The complete NIME Principles & Code of Practice on Ethical Research can be found at:

Long version

This document contains the NIME ethical Principles, which describe the values and standards of our community, and the Code of Practice, which describes how authors can go about addressing these values when planning, running, and submitting a research project or a musical work to the NIME conference. The objective of the Code is not to oppress researchers and creators and curb their creativity. Rather, these principles are intended for NIME authors to use as guidelines, as a way to find creative solutions to complex social problems through their artistic and scientific research.

The document has been developed by the NIME Ethics Committee following the high ethical standards of our community to i) materialise the growing demand among NIME members of a fair, inclusive, sustainable, ethical community, and; ii) to offer guidance to the authors when considering the responsibilities they carry for our global society. However, ethics values and practices change in response to the concerns of societies and communities, the development of new technologies and their applications, new theories of ethics, and changes in the legal environments and contexts in which research and other activities take place. This is, therefore, a living document, owned by the NIME community and aiming to reflect its current values and practices as these evolve over time. The activities and contributions of the community in submitting, reviewing, presenting, and discussing papers, installations, and other works, in arranging and participating in workshop and debate, and in feeding views to the Steering and other NIME committees will thus collectively contribute to keeping the principles and code of practice reviewed, up to date, relevant, and maintained.

With this Code of Practice, NIME wishes to be a role model for other academic communities in which the highest interest is the health of, and benefit to, global society.. Thus, the ethical standards and values described herein often exceed the scope of those typically considered by institutional research ethics committees. Where the latter often focus primarily - and rightly - on the protection of participants involved in research, NIME has a broader, more aspirational, view of the moral values embedded in its work. As such, the ethical principles described in this document still include research participant protection, but also encourage authors to orient their work towards fairness, inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability so that the work presented at NIME is reflective of the community’s values. Approval by institutional research committees may thus be helpful to authors in considering and presenting their ethical considerations, but may not cover every aspect that NIME considers important.

Authors of all submissions are encouraged to reflect on any ethical issues connected with their research within their manuscripts, and it is expected that any ethical concerns are also listed in the ethical statement paragraph of the submission system. A failure to adhere to the Code of Practice presented herein will not result in an automatic rejection. However, authors are expected to pay careful consideration to these issues and to show an attempt to address them and an effort to commit to higher ethical standards with each new submission.

Principles & Code of Practice in designing new musical interfaces




Socio-economic fairness

Data & privacy

Principles & Code of Practice in studies with human participants

Data and privacy


Safety & Care


Participant selection

Minors and vulnerable individuals

Ethnographic research

Principles & Code of Practice in studies and interfaces involving animals

General principles

Study protocols


Principles & Code of Practice in environmental impact

Principles & Code of Practice in originality


Multiple, redundant or concurrent publications

Acknowledgement of sources

Authorship of the manuscript

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Fundamental errors in published works

Principles & Code of Practice in chairing & peer reviewing

Publication decisions

Fair play


Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Involvement and cooperation in investigations