IRB Information

June 2015

“IRB” is “Institutional Review Board”, the formal body that regulates what we can do with research participants.

Please reference the guidelines below as a guide for whether or not your linguistics’ project requires IRB approval.

Some projects do not require IRB review. Please read the statement below from Wendy Brunt of the Office of the Human Research Protection Program.

  • [As of April 2015] “UCLA OHRPP determined that linguistics research which involves hiring language consultants to provide expert knowledge about language, which does not involve
    collection of identifiable, private information a bout the linguistic consultants, does not require submission of an application to the OHRPP/IRB.This determination was made based upon the understanding that the intent of research which
    involves linguistic consultants is not to collect or to analyze information about individuals; rather, the work involves interaction with individuals who will serve as consultants providing expert knowledge about their language, and does not involve the collection of personal information.”

If your work does NOT fall under this description, then your project needs approval.

Projects that require an IRB review:

  • UCLA IRB guidelines require that all systematic investigations are to be submitted for IRB review. They define a systematic investigation as; “an activity that involves a prospective plan that incorporates data collection (quantitative or qualitative) and data analysis to answer a
    question.”

You need IRB review…

  • If you are recruiting a large number of participants using the UCLA Psychpool, flyers, email listservs, Amazon mechanical turk, etc.
  • Collecting personally identifiable information of any type: name, birthdate, etc.
  • Using participant’s data/recordings for future research, sharing data/recordings outside the research team, storing data/recordings in a database accessible to others, etc.
  • Using methods such as: Eye-tracking, Electroglottography, perceptual experiments.
  • You are using children as participants.

If you have any questions regarding whether or not your IRB project needs review you can contact the webIRB Helpdesk at 310-825-7122 or email them.

*If you need to request petty cash to pay consultants (e.g. for consultant work outside of the country), submit this form.

  • Fill in “Non-IRB” in the “Active IRB approval #” box.
  • The email string between Anya and Wendy Brunt must be sent to UCLA financial services (Jael and Jenny have a copy of this).
  • If UCLA financial services has any questions. They should contact OHRPP Associate Director Alison Orkin.

Getting a UCLA webIRB account

Email your faculty sponsor/advisor the following information:

  • Your UCLA Logon ID – (Verify your UCLA Logon ID here.)
  • Your UCLA UID# (9 digit #)
  • Your full name
    • First
    • Middle
    • Last
  • Your email address
  • Your department and division

The faculty sponsor/advisor then must email the Step 1 information to this address to request the account.

CITI training

All faculty, staff, & students must complete CITI training. Your project will not receive approval unless you and your faculty sponsor have this certification.

Here is the website to complete the CITI training.

  1. You must first register for an account — select University of California as your participating institution.
  2. Select the box for Social & Behavioral Researchers & Staff: investigators/staff submitting to the general campus IRBs option.
  3. IRB requires renewal of CITI training every 3 years.

IRB application

Submitting your project for IRB review is done completely online through your webIRB account.

Here is a link where you can find a lot of helpful information on using the online system, creating and submitting an application, amending your project, etc…

Another very helpful thing to do is ask your fellow grad students or professors for copies of their own IRB applications. This is especially helpful when this person did a project very similar to yours (e.g. using the same population of speakers, or using the same testing method).

Lastly, you can always email the IRB directly with any questions you have. They are incredibly helpful! If you submit something incorrectly, IRB will tell you exactly what you need to do to fix it.

  • You can contact the North Campus General IRB at 310-825-7122 or email to this address.
  • Once you have submitted an application you will be assigned a contact person whom you can contact directly with any questions.