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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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Do university staff (in the US) usually have access to the university resources needed to do research?

Naturally, no one expects university staff (administrative or otherwise) to carry out research, but it was recently suggested to me that having such a job gives you access to the university resources ...
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Why does something being an "experiment" automatically trigger the need for an IRB? [closed]

As an example, imagine you're running the faculty of computer science and decide which books to use for the next semester. You pick book A for all students -> no IRB review needed You pick book B ...
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ORI Research Misconduct rulemaking comments [closed]

I am writing comments on the Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct on regulations.gov. This is my first time making comments on policy making. I am curious if HHS ever censors these ...
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Forgot to debrief participants on an old qualifier project. Can this error cause my qualifier project and poster I did on it to be revoked at all?

I realized I did not do a proper debriefing on my qualifier project for doctoral candidacy in Experimental Psychology from a little over a year ago. I only say "proper debriefing" because my ...
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Is it common for community colleges in the US to have IRBs?

I'm coming to the end of my PhD in a social science field, and given the unlikelihood of landing a research-oriented position at really any university, I'm finding myself in the position of having to ...
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Can IRB approval be reversed?

If you get the written IRB approval of the school/site for research and you conduct the research with all participants' written agreement, can the school revoke agreement to research after you are ...
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Forgot to give a copy of consent form to participants throughout qualifier project and dissertation data collection. What are my next steps?

I'm a 4th year doctoral candidate who recently finished data collection for my dissertation. However, I have some bad news that wasn't pointed out to me until I trained a prospective research ...
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In the United States, are there any ethical oversights on self-funded and published research?

I'm currently working on my CITI ethical human research certification. Given its dense nature my mind started to wander and I had the realization that all the protocols and ramifications I've so far ...
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How can I get human-subjects approval from a nearby university?

I am a high school student planning to do a research project involving human participants. This is for a research class at my school, and one of my teachers told me that I need IRB approval. My ...
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Consent issues when the only participants are the investigators themselves

I'm am on staff at a tertiary level college. My colleagues and I are developing a wearable, non-invasive monitor, not too dissimilar from a Fitbit. Naturally, we want to know whether the monitor works ...
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What possible consequences could one face for not getting IRB approval for federally-funded research? Could you go to jail?

We have discussed before that consequences for not getting irb approval might include: (1) not be able to publish in a reputable journal, and (2) getting sanctioned or fired by your employer. But I am ...
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What's my responsibility if I suspect an IRB violation? Could I be personally responsible if I don't report my concerns?

I'm a part of the University staff supporting research. I recently became aware of a faculty research project being conducted with a commercially purchased dataset that contains PII. I do not believe ...
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How to convince team members we need IRB approval?

I come from a social science background and have recently moved into more of a public health role. Since I was doing experimental research, pretty much every study needed a review. As far as I can ...
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Are researchers allowed to keep applying to various IRBs until they finally get a seal of approval?

Let's say a researcher has a somewhat controversial research project (such as a vaccine challenge trial). Is it considered legal to keep applying for institutional review board (IRB) until you ...
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Can an independent institution run experiments without IRB approval?

Lets say a rich person has the funds to create a US-based research institution that does not receive any form of public or private funding with the exception of said persons bank account. Will this ...
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What is the scope of an unregistered IRB? [closed]

The community college I attend has an IRB that is not registered with the FDA and is supposed to review projects conducted by students or faculty. I (as a student) would like to conduct a survey (that ...
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Are anonymous online surveys exempt from IRB?

This is for a research paper, and the survey was sent to thousands of people through publically available email information. Because the response rate is low, and we don't ask for any self-identity ...
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IRB-questionable research from places that does not require IRB process: How publishable/contributing?

Some entities, when carrying out research, do not strictly require Institutional review board (IRB) approval (or may be doing the whole thing in a place where IRB does not exist). If we believe that a ...
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My human subjects research is "exempt" under US regulations. Does that mean I can skip ethics review?

This question was inspired by some wrong information on this site. Human subjects research usually requires review by an ethics committee (IRB). Some research is "exempt" under US law. If my ...
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What should I do if I am asked to review a paper that should have been reviewed by an ethics committee, but was not?

What should I do if I am asked to review a paper that should have been reviewed by an ethics committee, but was not? Assuming the paper is missing the statement that it was reviewed, and the paper ...
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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?

Update: Thanks for the answers. I reworded and numbered the questions for clarification. As a volunteer endeavor, I want to do online survey and education research. I am not being paid for the work, ...
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What is the responsibility of a publication board in relation to ethical subject studies? [closed]

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 IRB?...
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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?
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