What to expect as a member

What to expect as a BRAINnet member

Members of BRAINnet will have access to:

  • Processed data, related to their research proposal(s).
  • Information on new proposals from fellow members.
  • A system for voting on new proposals, and for nominating themselves for coauthorship.
  • Contact information of fellow members, and the opportunity to establish collaborations.
  • The publication system, which  uses the PubMed web service to record peer-reviewed publications by BRAINnet members.

BRAINnet members are not required to have contributed data themselves in order to submit a request.

BRAINnet Membership

Individual Membership

Typically, this includes individuals undertaking their own independent research.

If your research involves series of hypothesis/proposals related to a grant project, we ask you to submit each separate proposal as a new request. This facilitates BRAINnet’s approval processes, which relies on approval for each use of a dataset to test a new hypothesis.

Phd/Student Membership

If you are joining as a student you will already have an extended research plan, supervisors, and a tight time-frame. To help us process requests as efficiently as possible we require that:

1. You provide contact information for your supervisor, or other institutional representative.

2. If your dissertation/thesis is a series of hypothesis/proposals, we ask you to submit each separate proposal in the series as a new request for approval (rather than one request that combines multiple studies and datasets). This facilitates BRAINnet’s approval processes, which relies on approval for each use of a dataset in a new study.

*Members will always have the capability to remove themselves from participation in BRAINnet, via written/emailed advice to the BRAINnet administrator.

BRAINnet members can expect the following transparency in the approval process:

  • There is no charge for access to data via BRAINnet membership.
  • Approval of each member’s proposal and request to access processed data is given by the members of BRAINnet, via a polling system. Members may vote to approve a project, or vote against it, and this feedback is transparent to all members via the website. In the operations of BRAINnet since 2003, transparency of this nature has been crucial to the success by which projects are proposed and supported. Given the transparent nature of feedback, votes against a project have occurred only when there are clear scientific grounds that can be publicly justified to other members.
  • Votes against a project can only be given if they are accompanied with a written justification based on explicit scientific grounds, and include suggestions on how a proposal might be revised.
  • Members are given the opportunity for one round of revisions to a proposal.
  • If there remain 1 or more votes against a proposal, after revision, the project will be rejected.
  • Each member will contribute by voting and providing feedback on new proposals from fellow BRAINnet members. In their homepage preferences, members are able to choose to follow as many of the BRAINnet research areas as they wish. When a member selects to follow a research area they will receive email notification of any new BRAINnet projects and proposals associated with that research area, and can then vote accordingly. Members will automatically follow any research areas that they are a member of a project, or proposal in.

Terms and Conditions of BRAINnet Membership

BRAINnet expects members to accept the fundamental terms of BRAINnet membership:

That the data are used for non-profit scientific research purposes only.

Approval via BRAINnet processes will be sought for each use of data – i.e. the initial approval does not cover re-use of data to test a new hypothesis.

When reporting on BRAINnet data and results from the data in publications, conferences, websites or other public forums, BRAINnet and the Brain Resource International Database are both acknowledged.

To provide feedback on proposals from fellow BRAINnet members, to maintain the transparent and efficient operations of BRAINnet.

To vote on other operational issues of the network, to serve on committees, and to contribute to the development of grant proposals for the support of BRAINnet, as asked by the BRAINnet Executive.