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An IRB (Institutional Review Board), also known as an independent ethics committee or ethical review board, is a group that reviews and monitors research involving human subjects.

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Are there ethics concerns when students conduct human subjects research?

It is common for faculty and graduate students to conduct human subjects research on undergraduate students. Typically precautions are made to ensure that faculty do not use the teacher/student ...
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Why is the Grievance Studies affair considered to be research requiring IRB approval?

I'm reading about the Grievance Studies affair and there's one thing I don't understand. Portland State University (PSU) initiated a a research misconduct inquiry against Boghossian for conducting a ...
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What happens if an IRB mistakenly approves unethical research?

In human subjects research, it's fairly well settled that researchers may not go ahead without the guidance and approval of an IRB, even if their research otherwise lacks ethical infirmities. What ...
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Is IRB approval required (by publishers or otherwise) for volunteer human subjects research?

As a volunteer endeavor, I want to do online survey and education research. I am not being paid for the work, and the research participants are also not being paid. Do I need to obtain IRB approval to ...
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What is the responsibility of a publication board in relation to ethical subject studies?

While journals are in large part the main venue for academic publishing, conferences are heavily utilized in some other venues. It seems from the venues I have been around, there is a separation ...
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Is there an IRB/ethics career path?

Suppose I was back at the beginning of my undergraduate career, and I decided that while I was willing to do human-subjects research, my real career goal was to sit on an IRB and guide lost souls who ...
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What defines the legitimacy of an IRB?

As we know, researchers without university affiliations who need IRB approval for human subjects research can obtain approval from an independent IRB. What defines the legitimacy of an independent ...
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Is it possible to get IRB approval after the fact?

Generally speaking, peer reviewed journals will not publish research on human subjects that did not receive IRB approval. If a study was done without the proper IRB approval, but the study itself was ...
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Use of data that may contain future ethical complications

Suppose that you are afforded an opportunity to examine data that was, on the surface at least, collected legally and ethically, but that may contain hidden ethical dilemmas. What precautions, if any, ...
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Is it considered unethical to pay participants differently based on some quality?

Let's say you are recruiting two groups of people, English monolinguals and bilinguals. If you're having a hard time recruiting enough bilinguals, the natural, free-market thing to do would be to ...
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How to handle ethics review (IRB) when moving between institutions

Is it convention for a researcher who changes institutions to reapply for ethical review (IRB) on ongoing projects at a new institution, or keep working with the IRB files at the institution where the ...
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Is it acceptable to setup a survey online (but not send to human subjects) before getting IRB approval?

I am doing a small survey-based research project, where I need to setup surveys online. I was wondering if I needed full IRB approval before I can setup the surveys online on Qualtrics/RedCap/Google ...
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Can I do experiments on humans without a degree?

I have several ideas for research that I believe would advance our understanding of psychological priming. It won't involve anything extreme - just reading non-offensive words on a screen. But I ...
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In what cases is Ethical Committee approval not necessary for a study?

We intend to perform a study with a device we developed (approved for medical research). The tests are non-invasive and only require a very low power laser to be exposed to the skin (complying with ...
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Is it ethical to require students to participate in an ongoing research study in order to graduate?

My university requires Computer Information Systems majors to complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) through SkillsOne (CPP online assessment system) as a part of an ongoing research study, ...
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Does a survey require an ethical approval?

We did a student project - which included a questionnaire and anthropometric measurements. Since it was a student project, and the topic was decided in a short time, we did not take an ethical ...
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If an IRB approved a study, does it need to be mentioned in the papers that results from the study?

An institutional review board (IRB) approved a study. I wrote a paper reporting results from the study. Do I need to mention in the paper that an IRB approved this study?
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Is ethical approval needed for online studies?

An online study, the participants had the full choice to fill the questionnaire and they signed (a check box) that they agree for sharing their data in the study. In this case, Do we need an ethical ...
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Do I need IRB approval to study myeslf? [closed]

I am attempting to do my PhD "in the open", to treat the entire project of getting my degree (whose research is unrelatedly Computer Science), as a study. That is, I am going to collect my thought ...
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Non-profit organization, IRB Approval, and publishing?

I'm working with a non-profit organization at the moment and we're planning to conduct a survey on ~93,000 to find certain attitudes and the correlation associated with them. We're hoping on having ...
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Ethics of scraping “public” data sources to obtain email addresses

I am wondering whether the following research practice is ethical. A software engineering researcher downloads source code repositories from Github, a large source of publicly available open source ...
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Do case reports require ethical approvals?

Do case reports involving people with medical ailments require ethical approvals? If they do not, then why? I am located in Sweden, but am (almost) equally interested in conditions elsewhere.
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Journals that require IRB approval as a matter of policy [closed]

In a number of questions raised here, it has been implied / asserted that research involving human subjects which has not received IRB approval cannot be published. In my own area of research (which ...
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Where can I go to get IRB approval?

I want to conduct research independently once done with school. Where can I go to get IRB approval? I know that some businesses have collaborated with universities to get IRB approval but want to ...
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For an industry-sponsored project, should one apply for IRB approval before or after accepting the funding?

Is there a standard customary timeline for applying for IRB1 approval with an industry-funded project? Should you apply for IRB approval first, then accept the funding for the project, or accept the ...
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IRB guidelines for secure online data storage, backup, and syncing?

I am asking to get people's success stories in presenting a data management case for secure data backup using remote online services, rather than the antiquated "server in a locked room" model of ...
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Independent Research and institutional review boards?

If I am conducting independent research (ie no university affiliation), do I need to worry about institutional review board (IRB) approval, if I am working in a field where it is normally required?