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Roles and Permissions

Sometimes you may need to assign specific permissions to each of the contributing researchers in your study based on their responsibilities. For instance, you may need to assign the Data Manager role to one of your researchers and grant them permission to access, view, and export data for further investigation. In another case, you may need to assign another researcher the Recruiter role with permission to enroll new participants, view participant information, and modify their enrolment data, but not be able to access their study data.

Our platform allows you to define and modify the roles and permissions for each one of your researchers inside the Researchers page on your researcher dashboard.

In the following sections, we will discuss how you can create a role, assign it to a researcher and modify their permissions, so each of the researchers has specific permissions based on their roles.

Let's start with how you can manage roles for your study:

1. Managing Study Roles

Within the Roles tab of the Researchers page on your dashboard, you can create, edit, delete, and view roles. This tab also provides a list of all roles already defined, their names, and associated permissions.

When you create a role inside the Roles tab, you are defining a role and its permissions over your whole study. As a result, you will not be able to select a site in the Create a New Role dialog. To modify the access of a role for a specific site, please see the Permission Adjustment section.

After creating a role, you can assign it to researchers on the Researchers tab, and make further adjustments as necessary.

Here are some actions you can perform inside the Roles tab:

1.1 Creating a New Role

To create a new role with specific permissions:

  • Open the Researchers page on your dashboard.
  • Navigate to the Roles tab.
  • Click on Create New Role.
  • Enter a unique name for the role, limited to 100 characters.
  • Select the desired permissions for this role.
  • Click Create to complete the role creation.

Creating a New Role

1.2 Editing an Existing Role

To modify an existing role:

  • Go to the Roles tab and find the role to be modified.
  • Click the 3 dots menu and select Edit to change the role`s name and permissions.
  • Save the changes to update the role.

Doing so will immediately change the permissions for all researchers with this role.

1.3 Deleting a Role

To delete a role:

  • In the Roles tab, locate the role you need to delete.
  • Click on Delete in the 3 dots menu and confirm your decision to remove the role.

Note that removing a role will revoke all of its permissions from the researchers who were assigned this role.

1.4 Pre-defined Roles in Avicenna

In addition to the roles that you can define in the Roles tab, there are some pre-defined roles.

1.4.1 Study Owner

As the name suggests, the study owner is person who owns the study and has full control over all of it. Each study can have only one owner, and by default, the person who has created the study is the owner.

For example, the study owner is the only person who has access to and can control the study license information. Also she/he is the main point of contact for any outreach from Avicenna.

The study owners can change the permission and roles of all of the researchers even themselves. They can also promote/demote a researcher to the Permission Manager role or even make them the study owner.

To assign the study ownership to another researcher:

  • As the current study owner, go to the Researchers tab.
  • Click on the 3 dots menu next to the researcher you want to transfer the ownership to.
  • Verify your identity and confirm the transfer to complete the ownership change.

Please note that in this case, the ownership will be removed from your account and transferred to the chosen researcher.

1.4.2 Permission Manager

Permission Manager is another pre-defined role that can be given to a researcher by the study owner or another permission manager.

Researchers with the Permission Manager role can modify roles and permissions of any researcher in the study, including themselves, and excluding the study owner. They can also promote/demote other researchers to be/from permission manager.

By default, there are no permission managers when creating a new study. Study owner can promote any researcher to be the permission manager.

To promote/demote a researcher to have/from having this role, follow these steps:

  • In the Researchers tab, click on the 3 dots menu next to the researcher`s name.
  • Select Promote to/Demote from Permission Manager and confirm.

2. Managing Researchers and Permissions

In the Researchers tab, you can invite new researchers to your study, add or remove roles to each researcher, adjust their roles and customize them, or revoke their access from the study completely. Let's explain these actions in more detail:

2.1 Adding Researchers to a Study

To add new researchers for expanding and collaborating within the research team:

  • Open the Researchers page and move on to the Researchers tab.
  • Click Add New Researcher and enter the researcher`s email address.
  • Assign appropriate roles to define their access and capabilities.
  • Confirm to finalize the addition of the researcher to the study.

Adding a New Researcher

2.2 Removing Researchers from a Study

To remove a researcher:

  • Navigate to the Researchers tab.
  • Click on the 3 dots menu and choose Remove
  • Confirm the removal to complete the process.

Removing a Researcher from a Study

2.3 Adjusting Researcher Permissions

You can adjust the permission of a researcher and/or assign them a new role in the Researchers tab.

Adjusting Researcher Permissions

When modifying the permissions of a given researcher, you can specify the following:

  • Site: Using this dropdown, you can control whether the researchers' permission is applicable to all sites, or only a specific site. Note that you cannot give access to multiple sites to the researcher. It should be either just one site, or all sites.

  • Roles: Using this dropdown you can assign researchers one or multiple roles. The union of the permissions for the selected roles will be chosen for the researcher.


    Selecting a predefined role from the Roles dropdown will overwrite any existing permissions with the permissions defined for that researcher. These roles and their permissions can be managed in the Roles tab.

  • Study Protocols and Study Data: In this section you can modify permissions one by one only for this researcher. Changes made here will override the permissions defined in the assigned roles.

To modify the researchers' permissions follow these steps:

  • In the Researchers tab, click on the 3 dots menu and
  • Select Adjust Roles & Permissions.
  • Modify their permissions.
  • Save the changes to update their access levels.

There are 3 options for each of the permissions inside the Study Protocol and Study Data sections:

  • Full which allow them to not only view the data but change them, export them, or modify them. For instancce, they can generate new sessions for participants or export their responses to a specific activity.
  • View which allow them to only view the data in the related section. Following the example above, researchers with this option can only view each session and its status, but they can not export the data.
  • None which remove any access to the study protocol or data.

Note that when permisson is set to none, the related page to those permissions will not be shown for the researcher. For example, if the Notification Templates permission is set to none, then the Notifications page will not be shown in the researcher dashboard.

Also, if changing permission is overwriting a permission set defined by a role, a warning will be displayed next to the permission with a message.

Permission Overwrite Warning

Permissions Hierarchy and Dependencies

Within the Adjust Roles & Permissions interface, permissions are interdependent and hierarchically structured, which affects the availability and scope of permissions adjustments:

  • Participation Dependence: The ability to modify Sessions, Activity Responses, and Sensor Data permissions is conditional on the Participation permission being set to View or Full.

    Participation Dependence
  • Sessions and Activity Responses Correlation: The permission level for Activity Responses is dependent on the Sessions permission level. If Sessions is set to View, then Activity Responses can be set to None or View. Conversely, if Sessions is Full, Activity Responses can also be set to Full.

    Sessions and Activity Responses Correlatio