Government Social Research: Publication protocol

Principles for the publication of all government social research that is not regulated by the UK Statistics Authority



This protocol is for analysts in government departments and devolved administrations covering England, Wales and the UK, when conducting or commissioning social research.

It builds on and supersedes the GSR Publication Guidance published in 2010 and sets out the 5 principles they should use in the publication and release of all government social research products, with practical advice about how they should be applied.

The Scottish Government procedures for publishing social research are compliant with this protocol. Principles for social research that is defined as ‘official’ or ‘national statistics’ are regulated by the independent UK Statistics Authority.

The previous edition of this protocol is available on the National Archives website.

Published 1 June 2015