“Taking out the trash”: Strategies for preventing and managing fraudulent data in web-surveys

Prabdeep Panesar, Samantha J. Mayo


Given the rapid adoption of the internet and mobile technology, conducting online research has become more accessible for scientists, as they are able to engage numerous participants while collecting data quickly and efficiently. Online research, particularly anonymous web-surveys, allow participants to partake in research at their own convenience while being able to maintain their privacy (Wyatt, 2000). This method further allows researchers to target unique population types in a cost-effective manner, while having increased reach and scalability, making it easier to collect a large sample size, in real-time, and under real-world conditions (Heffner et al., 2021; Teitcher et al., 2015). 

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