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Don’t have an account? If you already have a MacID, you can start using the LimeSurvey service by selecting “MacID” in the Authentication method drop-down, and logging in with your MacID username and password. This will automatically create a LimeSurvey account for you.

If you don’t have a MacID, you must submit a LimeSurvey Account Registration Form. For any inquiries about creating an account, please contact the Ethics Office. Please note that registration will only be completed during business hours. After you have submitted your account registration form, our team will need to generate a login (which cannot be generated automatically).

Terms of Use

In order to use these LimeSurvey templates and service, you should either be in the process of obtaining ethics clearance from the McMaster Research Ethics Board, or one of it’s Student Research Ethics Committees, or have already obtained it. As well, any McMaster researcher, student or staff, is welcome to use the templates or the service. If your research was approved by HiREB, and you wish to use the MREB ethics compliant templates, you are required to edit the sample wording using the HiREB contact information.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to archive and remove data once surveys have been completed. An exact time has not been determined yet, but surveys deemed to be inactive will eventually need to be removed by the server administration. For example, it may become the policy that surveys that have been closed will be removed after 6 months of further inactivity.

This LimeSurvey is a data collection service and not a permanent archive or data storage service. It is also not the ideal service if you are planning data collection without an endpoint in sight. If you plan on collecting data indefinitely, we recommend pursuing other options like a dedicated website or URL for your survey.

The LimeSurvey service has received a privacy impact assessment from the Privacy Officer for McMaster University.

Documentation & Training Materials

New to LimeSurvey? The following is a list of documentation and Training Materials to help you design your survey.

A major source of support for the LimeSurvey user community is the LimeSurvey Manual. Have a look at the < Creating Surveys Introduction >. The LimeSurvey Forum is a “go-to” place for best practices and useful tips. Support for using LimeSurvey is provided by Research and High-Performance Computing Support (RHPCS). For Faculty of Science specific support please contact

New! Try our sample survey with all the different LimeSurvey question types. This might help you design your survey. A .lss copy of the sample survey is also available for download.


MREB has a list of approved survey structure templates, which include:

  • Basic survey to get started
  • Follow up interview survey
  • Draw survey

Templates for HiREB or Faculty of Health Sciences include:

  • Basic Survey to get started
  • Follow up interview survey
  • Draw survey

To access these templates, please click here.