Here’s another issue to think about. Many linguists, through retirement or lack of employment in the field, are independent scholars without an institutional affiliation but still are actively engaged in research. We can probably agree that the lack of an institutional affiliation does not absolve us from obtaining informed consent and abiding by the ethics of the profession. Can we find a principled way of dealing with these issues, or do we just trust the researcher to do the right thing?
Ethical considerations for independent scholars