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FAQ's

Click on the link below to find the answers to some commonly asked questions about the Sigma-Aldrich Global Advisors.

FAQ

Online Research Panels
What is an online research panel?
What is the Global Advisors' panel?
Who is on the Global Advisors' panel?
What are the benefits of being a panelist?

Membership & Participation
How many surveys do I have to complete?
How do I complete a survey?
How long will I have to complete each survey?
What information is required to become a panel member?
Will my profile information be sold to other companies?
How long will I remain on the panel?
Will I be able to select the types of surveys in which I participate?
How do members receive information about the survey topics they complete?

Portal Issues
The Survey is asking for a password on the last page.  What do I enter?
My password is not working when I return to the portal page.
I get an "e-mail does not exist" message when I try to login.
I can't remember my password.
I can't login with my e-mail address. The message says it is not in the database.
I didn't receive my password after clicking on the "Forgot password" button.

Panel Questions
Are there any rewards for filling out the survey?
I've been disqualified from the survey.  Why?

Recruit Questions
My zip/postal code is not being accepted.
Why do you need my personal information?
My e-mail address is refused when I fill out the questionnaire.
I'm having trouble creating my password.
What happens after I join?
I've joined, but there are no open studies on the site.
I didn't receive the confirmation e-mail.

Technical Problems
I didn't receive the confirmation e-mail.
Why am I not receiving the e-mail notifications?
How do I add this panel to my safe list?
The link in my e-mail invitation is not working.
Why can't I get past the first page?
The e-mail I received is all in code.
How do I copy and paste?
The page timed out.

Miscellaneous
Am I still registered in the panel?  I haven't received a survey invitation for a while.
Did you get my responses?

Contact Sigma-Aldrich
How can I voice my concerns and/or make recommendations to Sigma-Aldrich?

Answers

What is an online research panel?
An online research panel is a community of individuals with similar interests, and experiences, who have voluntarily chosen to participate in online research studies about various topics related to their common interests.

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What is the Global Advisors' panel?

The Global Advisors' panel is an elite group of Sigma-Aldrich customers and/or website users who are interested in helping Sigma-Aldrich shape its services and product offerings to meet the needs of the scientific community. Members have the opportunity to share their expertise, experiences, and online activity related to their scientific needs in surveys and interactive sessions. 

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Who is on the Global Advisors' panel?
The Global Advisors' panelists include scientists and supporting personnel that work in diverse settings (e.g. Academic Institutions, Hospitals, etc.) around the globe.  The panelists use the Sigma-Aldrich website for product information and/or online shopping.

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What are the benefits of being a panelist?
·  Your expertise will help Sigma-Aldrich shape our service and product offerings to meet the needs of the scientific community.
·  Partner with Sigma-Aldrich to help bring needed resources to one of our 5 Global Citizenship Partners.
·  Hear about the latest projects we are working on to make your research experience seamless.
·  Share your expertise through surveys and other interactive activities.
·  Provide recommendations or suggestions.

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How many surveys do I have to complete?
We encourage participation in as many studies as you are invited to take. In order to be considered an active member of the Sigma-Aldrich Global Advisors' panel we ask that you participate in at least three panel studies per year.

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How do I complete a survey?
You will be e-mailed a unique URL address for each survey to which you are invited. Simply click on that URL or cut and paste it into a web browser of your choice and complete the survey form online. Survey length is closely controlled to minimize the use of your time.

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How long will I have to complete each survey?
You will typically have anywhere from 72 hours to two weeks to complete each survey.

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What information is required to become a panel member?
A brief member profile is the only information required for joining the panel. Your member profile will include basic contact information and vital data – area of expertise, web usage, education and country.  Your information and responses will be used solely for Sigma Aldrich's internal research purposes. For more information please refer to the Privacy Policy.

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Will my profile information be sold to other companies?
The Global Advisors' panelist profile information is not sold or distributed to any company. All information is strictly confidential and privacy is guaranteed. Your name will never be sold, exchanged, or distributed to any other party without your express acknowledgement. See our Privacy Policy for complete details.

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How long will I remain on the panel?
You may remain on the panel as long as you choose to participate in at least three surveys per year. Members may remove themselves from the panel by sending an e-mail request to support@sigmaaldrichadvisors.com.

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Will I be able to select the types of surveys in which I participate?
Yes. In the member profile, when you tell us about your area of expertise, we will use that information to send you surveys that fit your preferences.

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How do members receive information about the survey topics they complete?
Some study results will be available to all members of the Global Advisors' panel via the member area.

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The Survey is asking for a password on the last page.  What do I enter?

Use the password that you registered with; be sure to enter the password carefully as it is case sensitive.  Do not enter any unnecessary spaces before or after your password as the system reads them as extra characters.  Make sure that you don't accidentally have the "Caps Lock" engaged on your keyboard.
Please note that if you got to the panel portal page after completing a questionnaire, there is no need to login to submit your responses.  Your responses are already registered.

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My password is not working when I return to the portal page.
If you have been re-directed to the panel portal page after completing the questionnaire, you do not need to login to submit your answers.  They are already registered.  You are re-directed to the panel portal page by default should you wish to update or change any of your account information.
If you have not yet received and clicked the link in your e-mail to confirm your registration, you will not be able to log into the panel.  Check your e-mail for this confirmation and follow the steps to complete your entrance into the panel.
When logging in, make sure you don't enter any unnecessary spaces before or after your e-mail address or password.  The system reads blank spaces as extra characters.

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I get an "e-mail does not exist" message when I try to login.
If you did not complete the first study you were invited to and click the link in your confirmation e-mail, you are not fully registered in the panel.  If you have completed these steps and still cannot login, try closing the portal page and returning in a few minutes.
If you got to the portal page after completing a questionnaire, there is no need for you to login to submit your responses.  They are already registered.

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I can't remember my password.
If you cannot remember your password, simply click on the "Forgot password" button on the panel login page to have it e-mailed to yourself.  If you continue to experience problems you can e-mail support.

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I can't login with my e-mail address.  The message says it is not in the database.
After completing the questionnaire, you should have received an e-mail asking you to confirm your e-mail address.  The system will not recognize your address until it has been confirmed by clicking on the link in that e-mail.
Check your Inbox and Junk Mail folder for the confirmation e-mail; depending on your e-mail provider, it may have been directed to your Junk Mail folder.

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I didn't receive my password after clicking on the "Forgot password" button.
Depending on the e-mail provider, the e-mail might have been directed to your Junk Mail folder.  Some providers automatically divert e-mails sent from an automated system to the Junk Mail folder.  To avoid this, add our address to your address book or safe list.

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Are there any rewards for filling out the survey?
When a survey is completed, Sigma-Aldrich will donate $1.00 USD to the Global Citizenship Partner that you chose when you completed your member profile questionnaire.  To learn more about Global Citizenship Partners, please click here.

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I've been disqualified from the survey.  Why?
Each panel is made up of a number of categories with a specific quota to ensure the accuracy of the data.  Based on the answers that you have submitted, one or more of the categories that you fall into has been filled.

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My zip/postal code is not being accepted.
There are certain "validations" on each question to ensure that the information is filled out properly.  Make sure that there are no blank spaces before, within, or after your zip/postal code; the system reads these spaces as characters.  Double check that the order of numbers and/or letters is correct and that if your code contains zeros, be sure to use the number 0 as opposed to the letter O.

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Why do you need my personal information?
Your responses may be grouped together with those of many other people in the panel so that the data may be read and understood more easily.  All information provided is kept strictly confidential and is used only for legitimate research purposes only.  The information gathered during registration helps us to select studies that best match your profile, and is used for statistical purposes only.

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My e-mail address is refused when I fill out the questionnaire.
Our system currently does not handle e-mail addresses that start with numbers, or contains an underscore (_), before the @ symbol.  We are working on fixing this problem and suggest that you use a different address in the meantime.

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I'm having trouble creating my password.
Your password must be 6-12 characters long and must include at least one number.  Ensure that there are no spaces before, in the middle, or at the end of your password.  Here are a few of examples:
Dandel1on
April2605
Howareyou2

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What happens after I join?
Once you have been accepted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link that you must click on to become an active member of the panel.  When a survey becomes available, you will receive an invitation e-mail with a link to the survey, you can also access this study and any other active studies through the panel portal site under "Open Studies".

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I've joined, but there are no open studies on the site.
Studies are launched randomly.  If there are no studies listed under the "Open Studies" area of the panel site, there are no current studies available to take.  An e-mail invitation will be sent to you when a study is launched and it will also become accessible through the "Open Studies" area on the portal page.

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I didn't receive the confirmation e-mail.
This may be the result of one of two things:
Depending upon your e-mail provider and your personal e-mail settings, some e-mails sent from an automated system may be diverted directly into your Junk Mail folder.  To avoid this, you can add our address to your safe list or address book.
You may have entered your email address incorrectly, which would have sent your confirmation to an invalid address.  If this has happened, you will need to fill out the questionnaire again.  Always type carefully when you respond to survey questions to avoid this happening.

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Why am I not receiving the e-mail notifications?
Some Internet Service Providers have recently implemented new Spam Filtering Systems that will automatically direct e-mails sent from an automated system directly into the Junk Mail folder.  To ensure the receipt of your survey invitations, it is best to add the panel address to your safe list or address book.

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How do I add this panel to my safe list?
Here are the steps to ensure that your survey invitations are not sent to your Junk Mail folder:
Open your Mailbox.
Click on "Mail" tab.
Click on "Options" (It is located on the top right of the page, on the same level as the four tabs labeled Today, Mail, Calendar and Contacts).
Click on "Junk E-mail Protection".
Click on "Safe List".
Type "emailaddress@domain.com" and click "Add".  (Change this)
If you use Hotmail, Yahoo or another email retrieval program or web-based email provider your email provider or program ‘help' menu will be able to give you specific instructions on adding an email address to your safe list or address book.

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The link in my e-mail invitation is not working.
Depending on your service provider, or the size of your e-mail window, the link to the study may be broken onto two or more lines.  You may also have a link that is not completely underlined or active. You must select the entire link in order to access the study correctly.  If necessary, copy and paste the entire link into a web browser address bar to access the survey.
If this solution doesn't work, you can also find the study under "Open Studies" on the panel portal page. (This last line is only effective for surveys, not the profiling questionnaire)

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Why can't I get past the first page?
Be sure that your browser's "cookies" are enabled.  Here's how to enable them:
If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser:
-  open a browser window
-  in the tools menu, go to ‘Internet Options'
-  go to the ‘privacy' tab
-  set your privacy settings to medium or lower
-  go to the ‘advanced' screen
-  make sure ‘override automatic cookie handling' is NOT checked
-  hit ‘ok'
If you are still experiencing problems, it might be your security settings or a conflict with another software application on your system.
Please check the Privacy tab of your Internet Options to ensure that the "Override Automatic Cookie Handling" is NOT selected.  If this doesn't help, check to see if you have any security software installed such as Norton Internet security, personal firewall software, pop-up blockers, or spam blockers.  Any of these might be blocking the page load.
If you continue to experience problems, please e-mail us with as much detail on the problem as possible (i.e. what platform you are using – PC or MAC and what type of browser – Internet Explorer 6.0, Netscape, safari, etc.)

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The e-mail I received is all in code.
If you are using Microsoft Outlook, check to see if you can switch from Plain Text to HTML.  At the top of your e-mail window there is a small field with the words "Plain Text" in it.  Click on the down arrow to select HTML.
If you continue to experience problems, please contact Support.

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How do I copy and paste?
To copy an item, move your cursor to the beginning of the word or sentence you want to copy.  Left click and drag your mouse to the end of it to highlight the selection.  Right click anywhere on the highlighted selection and select Copy.  You can then right click on the spot where you wish to paste the selection and click on "Paste."
If you want to replace something with your copied selection, simply highlight what you want replaced and then right click and select "Paste".

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The page timed out.
If you leave your computer or leave the survey on the same page for a long period of time, the page can time out.  Although the page has timed out, your previous answers are not lost.  To finish the survey, click on the link again and it will take you right to where you left off.

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Am I still registered in the panel?  I haven't received a survey invitation for a while.
Surveys are often sent depending on region, age group, gender, or other criteria. When a survey matching your profile is launched, you will receive an e-mail invitation.  If you have not received an invitation, it is most likely because there have not been any studies released that match your profile.

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Did you get my responses?
If you would like to ensure that your responses have been received, you can click on the survey link when you are done. A message stating that you have already completed the survey will appear.

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How can I voice my concerns and/or make recommendations to Sigma-Aldrich?
If you have problems with the survey, send an email to support@sigmaaldrichadvisors.com. For non-survey related inquiries regarding orders, products, literature and web support, please refer to the "Support" page at http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/.

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