Psychological Research Ethics Board (PREBO) - policy

The Psychological Research Ethics Board (PREBO) was formed to ensure a competent and effective review of psychological research at CEU PU Vienna. The PREBO fully follows CEU's Ethical Research Policy and CEU Ethical Research Guidelines.  

This policy regulates the operation of the PREBO and specifies the procedures that researchers applying to PREBO need to observe regarding the ethical review of their research. 

1Mandatory ethical training 

All applicants and board members are required to have completed the following online course on research ethics 

This course, developed by the Government of Canada and widely used for ethics training, provides a comprehensive introduction to Ethical Conduct for Research Involving HumansThe PREBO application form contains an item asking whether the applicant and everyone involved in data collection has completed the required ethical training. The board can request proof of completed training. 

2Review procedure 

Applicants need to submit to PREBO the completed application form, along with any material specified in the application form (copy of information sheet for participants; consent form; questionnaires where applicable) to CogSci Department Coordinator in Vienna, Boris Cesnik 

The PREBO Chair identifies one lead reviewer among the board members who must not have any conflict of interest. The application gets sent to two board members or one board member and one external reviewer as needed.  

Any of the following constitutes a conflict of interest (CoI): 

a) being involved in the proposed research; 

b) being supervisor or having been supervisor of the applicant (even if not involved in the proposed research); 

c) self-reported CoI for any reason. Board members with CoI need to self-identify and abstain from the review process for the respective proposal. 

Based on the reviews received, the lead reviewer assigns the application to one of the following four categories: 

aacceptance: no objections were raised by the board members within the given timeline 

bclarification: there were one or more minor clarification requests; the lead reviewer communicates with the applicant by email to achieve clarification and confers with the board as necessary 

crevise and reapply: the lead reviewer communicates with the applicant by email and explains why the application was not approved and what kind of revisions are deemed necessary 

dreject: the lead reviewer communicates with the applicant by email and informs the applicant why the application was rejected  

3External ethics advisor  

PREBO includes an external ethics advisor who regularly reviews the operations of the board and is consulted if there is disagreement among board members 

For more information please contact:

Department Coordinator, Boris Cesnik


Quellenstrasse 51 | A-1100 Wien | Austria    

Office: Room B501  

Tel. +43 125230 7441


PREBO Ethics Application Form