First time Prolific user (research-side) here! I’d like to inquire as to how many of you experience the following problem
First some context.
When reading about using MTurk for recruiting participants, I learned about Prolific and I proposed to make use of it for my dissertation. My supervisor approved and I was delighted. To get a better understanding of what participants see and experience, I also made a separate Prolific (participant) account In that time, I have come under the impression that we (as researchers) are allowed to reject participants’ submission in the event that attention checks are failed. And indeed, this is what I indicated to my research ethics board when I described what circumstances might trigger compensation (and the lackthereof).
HOWEVER, my research ethics board has responded to me indicating that I cannot withold compensation on the basis of failed attention checks! I responded and cited that withholding compensation on the basis of failed attention checks is written into Prolific’s terms of service. My wise supervisor also suggested that if researchers don’t withhold payment on the basis of failed attention checks, it might harm Prolific’s reputation for integrity.
Armed with these two points, I figured I had a good chance at convincing the REB officer in charge of my case. To my dismay, however, I have been told that since Prolific services academic and non-academic research, liberties available to some researchers (e.g., witholding compensation on the basis of attention checks) aren’t necessarily ethical for academic researchers.
Anyway - just wondering if anyone else had this issue/problem.
Conversely, if you are an academic researcher and your ethics board has approved of your study (in spite of the fact that you indicated rejecting submissions on the basis of failed attention checks) will you please, please let me know/leave a message below/contact me.