There are certain events in the system that will cause an email notification to be sent to you. Most often, these are notifications that you have received credit for a study, or confirmation that you have signed up for a study. If Unique ID codes are not enabled (see Unique ID codes), your email address is also displayed to the researcher when they view who has signed up for their study, in the event they need to contact you.
You have two choices for your email address. When you update your profile, you will see a box where you may provide an alternate email address. If you provide such an address (this could be a Yahoo account, for instance), this is the address where all notifications will be sent, as well as the address that will be displayed to researchers (if enabled).
If you do not provide an alternate email address, the system will derive your email address from your username. Typically, it will add your organization’s Internet domain (if there is one) to the end of your user ID to form the address. For example, if your user ID is “jsmith” and your organization’s Internet domain is “yourschool.edu” then the system would create the email address “[email protected]”.
In situations where the system is configured to enter an email address on this page, you will be asked to enter it twice, to ensure that it is typed correctly.
In some cases, depending on how the system is configured, you will be required to provide an email address (which will be listed as “Email Address” instead of “Alternate Email Address”) and all emails sent to you will go to that address.
On some systems, the Alternate Email Address option is not available. In other cases, it is listed but you are not allowed to change it, in which case you should contact the administrator for assistance in changing it.
You may have the option to opt out of receiving certain emails, specifically study invitation emails and a weekly announcement of upcoming available studies.