External ethical review takes time and money - why would someone seek this out if they didn’t have to?
In medical research, laws sometimes require IRB approval when federal funding is involved. But what if there are no legal reasons to seek ethical review?
Should journals related to citizen science require such review as an incentive or way to ensure community oversight?
What other incentives are there? What if we created a mechanism to share out ethical review outcomes on social media, for example, as a way to create a groundswell of interest and enthusiasm?
If you were creating a new citizen science project, would you seek ethical review? Would it depend on the time/cost requirements? Are there situations when you wouldn’t even try because you think it would be unnecessary?
Really curious to know what others think about this issue of motivating the use of ethical review…