Questions tagged [irb]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...