Your SMR completed form will be approved, not approved, or deferred for major or minor revisions. The Scientific Merit Reviewer will use a check list to determine if the study meets the criteria for scientific merit and the reviewer will provide specific feedback designed to identify any issues that need to be resolved related to the scientific merit or the proposed methodology for the SMR form to be approved. You will have up to three opportunities to submit this form for SMR approval. Scientific Merit approval does not mean you will obtain IRB approval. The IRB review will focus on ethical issues.
This SMR form is intended to help you plan the details of your dissertation. It provides a space for you and your mentor to work out all the details of your design. Then it allows you to submit your design plan for Scientific Merit Review. Once you have obtained Scientific Merit approval, you should be able to easily expand on the information you have submitted here and write the dissertation proposal because the methodology section follows the Dissertation Chapter 3 outline. It is recommended that you use this form in a step-by-step way to help you plan your design. Expect that you will go through several revisions before your mentor approves this form.
Do use primary sources to the greatest extent possible as references. Textbooks (Patton, Leedy and Ormrod, etc.) are not acceptable as the only references supporting methodological and design choices. Use them to track down the primary sources.
Do submit a revised SMR form if, after approval, you change your design elements. It may not need a second review, but the mentor should send any revisions to the Scientific Merit Reviewer before your IRB is submitted.
Describe the scientific problem. This paragraph goes beyond the social problem. E.g. We know X from the literature, we also know Y, but we don’t know Z and that is why this