[Air-L] Kefuffle researching fanfic/fandom

KMV cuuixsilver at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 09:15:55 PDT 2009

I don't know what kinds of official policies exist, but I've often been
advised that regardless of funding, if I want to publish anything involving
human subjects, I should get some kind of IRB approval because
publishers/editors will shy away from any research that hasn't been vetted
that way.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 6:35 AM, Joseph Reagle <reagle at mit.edu> wrote:

> On Wednesday 02 September 2009, Katy E. Pearce wrote:
> > a survey of various LiveJournal fanfiction/fandom groups. Unfortunately:
> > 1. Despite repeatedly mentioning his association with BU, it appears he
> > never got IRB approval.
> > 2. This research wasn't even for a project at BU; it was for a privately
> > published book. (A book titled, incidentally, Rule 34: What Netporn
> Teaches
> > Us About The Brain. I am not making this up.)
> This prompts a question aside from this disastrous case: What IRB
> obligations does one have if one's research is not funded by an institution
> and one makes no claims of affiliation or support for that research?
> (Obviously, not the case in this instance.) It could still be bad
> research/ethics, but I believe the IRB was originally intended to apply to
> Federally funded research, now typically applies to all
> (non-humanities/journalistic) research at a Federally funded institution,
> but does it touch upon even loose affiliations?
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Kim De Vries


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