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IACUC Study Data File

IACUC-Anonymous.sav (80.3KB)

July 30, 2012 (4:41 pm EST)

Complete dataset except for school variable (to protect participant identity), with 544 cases: 494 members and 50 group surveys


The Use of Animals in Psychological Research: A National Study of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees

Scott Plous, Wesleyan University

Harold A. Herzog, Jr., Western Carolina University

National Science Foundation, SBR-9616801

Numeric/quantitative (rating scales, checkboxes, etc.)


Multi-State Area, United States

September 1, 1998, throughJanuary 1, 1999

  • Field experiment
  • Mail survey or questionnaire

Random sample

Approved by IRB or ethics board


A random sample of 50 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) participated in a study of the protocol review process. Each committee submitted three animal behavior protocols it had recently reviewed, and these protocols were reviewed a second time by another participating committee. The results showed low levels of interrater reliability on most rating dimensions. In addition, a majority of approved research protocols were disapproved or deferred by the second committee.

IACUC, Reliability, Protocol Review, Animal Research

Plous, S., & Herzog, H. A., Jr. (1999, June). Should the AWA cover rats, mice, and birds? The results of an IACUC survey. Lab Animal, pp. 38-40.

Plous, S., & Herzog, H. A., Jr. (2000). Poll shows researchers favor lab animal protection. Science, 290, 711.

Plous, S., & Herzog, H. A., Jr. (2001). Reliability of protocol reviews for animal research. Science, 293, 608-609.

Plous, S., & Herzog, H. (2001). Assessing the reviewers of animal research: Response. Science, 294, 1831-1832.