How will the study materials be translated? 

Labs conducting the study in a language or languages other than English or Swedish may be asked to translate the materials to their own language. The translation procedure will be standardized and follow best practices in translating for cross-cultural research. The CLIMR coordinators will coordinate the official translation process. In brief, this means that we will send out a spreadsheet with tasks (e.g. translations, back-translations) and labs will have the opportunity to sign up for tasks in a first-come-first-serve manner. We will start the formal translations ASAP (currently planned for spring 2023). If you have already translated material (e.g. for your ethics application) that is of course fine (but note that we have changed the study plan during the course of the review process). But we would strongly advise that you do not start with back-translations yourself. We wish to kick off and oversee this process. The reason is to make sure that the translations are standardized as much as possible, to maintain methodological rigor.

How long is the window for data collection open?

The current plan is to have the window for data collection open from spring 2023 to May 2024.

We are applying for ethical approval for the study and our IRB wants a copy of the ethics approval from the University of Gothenburg (i.e. the home university of the coordinators). Can you share this with us?

The central authority which grants ethical approvals in Sweden—Etikprövningsmyndigheten (EPN)— decided that the CLIMR study is exempt from ethical review (you find a document specifying the exemption here). Labs who registered before March 19 2021 should’ve received an email with a document explaining this in a bit more detail.

Will the data and study materials be made publicly accessible?

Yes, all data, study materials, and analysis code will be made publicly available on the project page on the Open Science Framework website: https://osf.io/ra3dp/

Is it possible to collect data online?

For the sake of experimental control we strongly encourage data collections in the lab. Online data collection should only be used as a last resort. We know that the pandemic may affect many labs ability to collect data for some time ahead. If data is collected online, a local sample should nonetheless be used (e.g., a university subject pool). That is, it is not permissible to use crowdsourcing platforms such as MTurk or Prolific Academic.

Note that it will be possible for labs to switch from an in-person data collection to collecting the remaining data online if needed. And vice versa. This is to have more flexibility in cases where COVID restrictions and risks may shift during the course of collecting data. 

Will CLIMR pay study participants?

No, CLIMR does not have resources to pay study participants. Participating labs are free to choose the means of compensation best suited for their local sample (e.g., monetary reimbursement, course credits, voluntary participation).

What is required for being a co-author on the article?

Co-authors need to fulfill at least two of the contributor roles defined in the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT; https://credit.niso.org). For instance, performing the data collection (Investigation role) and giving feedback on the article draft (Writing – review & editing role) would be enough to earn co-authorship.

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