Q: Are there any restrictions on submitting to the APA if the IRB exemption is received?

Detailed Question -

I am working on a doctoral dissertation. I am going to conduct a survey on an unspecified number of people through quantitative research. For demographic questions, I would like to ask about gender, age, region, marriage, and education. I would like to know the following.

  • If the above is the case, can I get an institutional review board (IRB) exemption?
  • Are there any restrictions on submitting to the American Psychological Association (APA) if the IRB (review) exemption is received?
1 Answer to this question

As your research involves human subjects and is intended to be published, it would be rare to obtain IRB exemption. However, even in the rare scenario that such a study becomes exempt, the study may still need to be submitted to the IRB for review. If you intend to submit the study to a journal, we recommend consulting the specific journal you intend to submit your study to, for further information with regard to the submission process for exempt studies. You may do this through a presubmission inquiry.

Hope that helps. All the best for your survey/study!