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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

I have previously seen this done in the following simple way: Female Male Other (fill in blank) ________ Decline to Answer This makes the common case (Male/Female) easy to code, allows unbounded ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

One option is not to have checkboxes at all. Just give people a single free-text field, let them write whatever describes their gender best, and then use manual or automated methods to code those ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

The honest, if slightly cop-out answer, is that it depends on what you need the data for. I'll break it down further: Section One: Gender Let's say you're doing a sociological study in which you're ...
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Are anonymous online surveys exempt from IRB?

At least at my institution and I suspect at most of them, the IRB tells you when your survey doesn't need full IRB review because it is legally exempt (often through an expedited process). You don't ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

I'm surprised to not see a format that I've been seeing with regularity over the last few years (UK Academia): How do you describe your gender: Male Female Other ______ Prefer not to say Is your ...
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Does a survey require an ethical approval?

The question of what sort of ethical approval is required is a complicated one, depending on the local laws, funding sources, university policies, and journal policies. I don't think anyone can give ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

I know in today's climate this isn't a particularly popular approach but depending on the context of the study it may be most appropriate to ask about biological sex (aka whether or not they are in ...
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Is it moral to contact a questionnaire participant because of alarming response?

I know I've read something in a research textbook about unexpected ethics problems, but I don't remember where or what it said. I think you need to contact your ethics committee (or equivalent), ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

If you are in the US you should (must) ask this question of your IRB. The answer may depend on the overall nature of your study, not just this one question. They will probably want to know how you ...
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Is IRB approval required (by publishers or otherwise) for volunteer human subjects research?

Many journals have policies that require authors to have obtained IRB approval (or its equivalent in countries other than the US) as a condition of publication for any paper that involves human ...
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Is it moral to contact a questionnaire participant because of alarming response?

Your work should have been approved (including being classified as exempt) by an institutional review board (IRB). You say no IRB/ERB at the institution I worked for when the study was executed. It ...
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When do you need Ethics Approval in Humanities research?

If You Are In The United States, Contact Your IRB Everything this answer says is correct, but I want to add some anecdotal exhortation. My advice would ordinarily be "talk to your advisor," ...
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Is paying participants below min. wage ethical?

I've had this conversation with various researchers in the crowd-work community, and it is actually a bit of ongoing controversy. Right now crowd-work can be terrible for many workers - way below ...
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How important is publishing state-of-the-art surveys?

Reviews are very relevant. It is rare that a single paper solves a big problem (it is common to afterwards assign that honor to a single paper, but that is another problem). In practice, many people ...
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Is it ethical to share names and emails of survey participants?

Your friend can seek retroactive permission from the participants. They can email all of the participants to ask them for permission to disclose their contact details with the friend's advisor for the ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

It does rather depend on whether you are interested in gender or sex. As has been pointed out, neither is easy, but can be relevant. The best wording I've seen for the gender question is "What, if ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

This is really an experimental design question. The first question you probably want to answer is are you interested in sex (i.e., the biological construct) or gender (i.e., the social construct). The ...
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Do you reveal purpose of questionnaire to respondents?

In the US at least, an Institutional Review Board is in charge of human research and researchers need to justify to them their informed consent process. If they want to use deception or be unclear ...
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When do you need Ethics Approval in Humanities research?

This depends on two things: (1) your local authorities (country/state/locale) and (2) your institution. In the US, institutions are required to have something called a Human Subject Review Board or ...
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When do you need Ethics Approval in Humanities research?

Research that involves an online questionnaire is likely to constitute human subjects research. In the US, this typically requires review and approval by an IRB before you conduct the research. Your ...
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How to query gender in a multiple-choice poll/survey?

As another idea, the 2017 Nerdfighteria Census used a "check all that apply" strategy: Gender (check all that apply)? ☐ Female ☐ Male ☐ Genderqueer ☐ Agender ☐ Transgender ☐ ...
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Request Colleges internationally to let students participate in a survey

In many places (say, the US), there are laws that govern any sort of research with human subjects. This applies even to questionnaires. These laws differ widely from place to place and it is even ...
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Hours worked in research vs teaching professorships

Looks like Jacobs and Winslow (2004) address this issue. "the average workweek for full-time faculty exceeds fifty hours. These long workweeks are characteristic of all groups of faculty, ...
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What is the scope of an unregistered IRB?

Do I even need IRB approval for my research? Quite probably, but if you are exempt you must get the exemption from an IRB. What do you recommend for my situation? You are trying to use a community ...
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What is the scope of an unregistered IRB?

What is the scope of an unregistered IRB? To uphold the university's ethical guidelines. If you are doing research on behalf of your community college, this IRB can give you the green light on behalf ...
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Writing a Survey Paper on the recent research

Most of review papers like the one you are planning to write are titled "A current overview on topic X", "Recent advances in X", and other titles along those lines. If the topic X ...
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How important is publishing state-of-the-art surveys?

I'm a computer science PhD candidate graduating soon that published a review article. What I thought would be a relatively simple process turned into a massive effort, where I spent hundreds of hours ...
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Changing demographics data that was responded incorrectly in a survey to be published

I think that something like the below table and note would be a reasonable way of approaching the issue. If you share your raw data, this would be easy to indicate. Profession n Job 1 17* Job 2 ...
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When do you need Ethics Approval in Humanities research?

If you're doing research using data generated from humans, whether that's your own data collection, secondary analysis of somebody else's data collection, or just a collation of information that's ...
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How to create incentive for students to take surveys?

I think that giving some small course credit for a survey like that can be a good idea. Taking the IRB protocols as a model, you might give course credit for the survey, and also some alternate ...
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