Our ethics evaluations are now supported and administered through the Scholastica peer-review portal. Please use our application template (download link at the bottom right) and submit it as a PDF to the Scholastica portal:
In the portal, you will be digitally guided through the submission process. One completed review process will cost you 10 Euros (credit card payment). You can get reimbursed for the expenses in your research group.
In most cases, the reviewers will ask you to revise your application and will indicate this request with the decision "revise and resubmit". Please revise your application and then submit it within your manuscript area on Scholastica as a "resubmission".
Scholastica is a US company that complies with European data protection regulations. However, please do not submit any research secrets. We are very pleased to receive feedback on how we can further improve the review process via Scholastica!
The Ethics Commission (EK) of the Institute for Psychology and Ergonomics (IPA) provides statements on the ethical justifiability of the objectives and procedures of research projects involving humans upon request, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EK adheres to the Ethical Guidelines of the DGPs and the BDP. The commission is the oldest of its kind at the TU Berlin and was initiated by members of the IPA for the members of the IPA. The committee operates on a voluntary basis. Reviews are normally conducted according to the Peer Review principle (two reports per application).
Eligible to apply are employed scientists of the Institute for Psychology andErgonomics (IPA), as well as the departments of the currently active EK members. Please use our application form (bottom right) and submit your application to the the Scholastica review platform.
The Ethics Commission offers two different services to eligible applicants: The full application, which is reviewed by members of the EK, and a questionnaire for self-evaluation of one's own projects (without an issued ethics statement/certificate). All forms (plus further best practices) can be found in the download box at the bottom right.
Full applications are usually processed within three to four weeks. Often, there are further inquiries. On average, our ethics procedures take between 4 and 12 weeks.
If you want to become an active member of the EK, please feel free to contact us (ethik (at)ipa.tu-berlin.de). However, please do not apply for a position on the commission while submitting an application at the same time, as in that case, we must assume a situation of coercion rather than voluntary committee work.
This option is typically selected if a research sponsor requires an ethics approval, in cases where the research is to be published in a journal that mandates an ethics approval, or if the researcher believes that the project would benefit from an ethical review. It is important to note that at TU Berlin, there is no overarching rule mandating that all research undergo an ethics procedure. The comprehensive proposal requires a detailed description of the planned research project in the form of a full application (the form is available for download at the bottom right of the page), including the submission of all materials containing participant information (e.g., instructions, invitation texts, and consent forms). The full application must be submitted to the ethics committee's Scholastica portal well in advance, at least 8 weeks prior to the start of data collection. If approved, the ethics clearance will be confirmed in writing through a formal statement.
The ethics committee reserves the right to decline a review due to limited resources or lack of expertise and may refer the application to other organizations. The committee is not responsible for clinical trials of drugs or medical devices. The evaluation of such studies is exclusively under the jurisdiction of the Ethics Committee of the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LAGeSo) which provides information only in German.
The questionnaire based on self-evaluation is primarily suitable for the unsolicited review of research projects (e.g., for seminar papers). This option provides an opportunity to engage with fundamental ethical guidelines of the planned research project through a set of self-assessment questions. There will be no further processing by the ethics committee, and no written statement will be issued.
If a critical event occurs or there is a possibility that a critical event has occurred during a study with a positive ethics vote, in order to maintain the ethical approval, 1.) the conduct of the research must be suspended from that point on, and 2.) the event must be reported to the Ethics Commission as soon as possible. Critical events are unexpected events caused by the course of the study (including the storage, evaluation, or publication of data) that increase the risk of harm to study participants or others through the study. Examples and a guide to identifying critical events, as well as detailed information on the reporting process, can be found here.