The first step in using Ethica is to create an account. There are two types of accounts in Ethica:
By default, when a new account is created, we assume the user wants to participant in studies, and therefore assign them to participants group. This allows a smooth process to join a study for participants, as explained in details in New Account for Participants section.
Participant accounts do not have the permission to conduct studies. This permission is only available to researcher accounts. If you are part of the research group and you want to be able to conduct studies using Ethica, you can send us an email including the name of your research team and the account for each member in the team. We will promote each of the members to researcher, and assign them to the same group.
Any member of a research group can create a new study, invite participants to join the study, collect data from participants, and access the data collected for that study. The study created by any member of the research group, and all data collected for that study will be shared with other group members.
Note: It's important to mention that in practice, members of a research groups are usually the individuals who are mentioned in the institutional review board (IRB) application for that study, and hence have been granted access to the study data, rather than members of the same research lab.