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Global Workpools
Company ownership, operations, production
100% US-owned and operated?
Yes
No
Dedicated Account Manager in the US?
Yes
No
Direct supervision over transcribers?
Yes
No
100% Human Transcription?
Yes
No
Dedicated transcription teams by specialty?
Yes
No
Company President available by phone?
Yes
No
Transcriber Qualifications
Research Transcriptions
Global Workpools
100% US-based?
Yes
No
100% native English Speaking?
Yes
No
Security background checks required prior to work?
Yes
No
Specialists in healthcare sciences?
Yes
No
Certified in Protecting Human Subject Research Participants?
Yes
No
Certified in HIPAA compliance
Yes
No
Security & Confidentiality
Research Transcriptions
Global Workpools
IRB compliant?
Yes
No
HIPAA compliant?
Yes
No
100% US data storage?
Yes
No
SOC 2 service option?
Yes
No
NDAs & IRQs (security questionnaires) welcome?
Yes
No
US data confidentiality laws enforceable with transcribers?
Yes
No
Transcription Options
Research Transcriptions
Global Workpools
Free 3-minute time stamps?
Yes
No
Free advanced-scheduling for rapid turnaround?
Yes
No
De Identification/ Anonymization available?
Yes
No
Transcription & Translation in 37 languages
Yes
No
100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
Yes
No

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Global Freelance Transcribing Work-pools
Company ownership, operations, production
100% US-owned and operated?
Yes
No
Dedicated Account Manager in the US?
Yes
No
Direct supervision over transcribers?
Yes
No
100% human transcription?
Yes
No
Dedicated transcribing teams by specialty?
Yes
No
Company president available by phone?
Yes
No
Transcriber Qualifications
100% US-based?
Yes
No
100% native English-speaking?
Yes
No
Security background checks required prior to work?
Yes
No
Specialists in healthcare sciences?
Yes
No
Certified in Protecting Human Subject Research Participants?
Yes
No
Certified in HIPAA compliance
Yes
No
Security & Confidentiality
IRB compliant?
Yes
No
HIPAA compliant?
Yes
No
100% US data storage?
Yes
No
SOC 2 service option?
Yes
No
NDAs & IRQs (security questionnaires) welcome?
Yes
No
US data confidentiality laws enforceable with transcribers?
Yes
No
Transcription options
Free 3-minute time stamps?
Yes
No
Free advanced-scheduling for rapid turnaround?
Yes
No
De-identification/ Anonymization available?
Yes
No
Transcription & Translation in 37 languages
Yes
No
100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
Yes
No

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Research Transcriptions
Global Workpools
Company ownership, operations, production
100% US-owned and operated?
Yes. 100% owned by Robert Foley (Service Disabeld Veteran) See corporate registrations.
No. Freelance transcribers log in to a global work-pool transcription website to request jobs.
Dedicated Account Manager in the US?
Yes. Dedicated account manager in the United States, available via phone and email – on weekends too.
Sometimes.
Dedicated Transcription Teams?
Yes. Research Transcriptions utilizes dedicated transcribing teams in a wide variety of fields, including medical research (sciences), marketing, academia and more.
No. Global freelance workers are transient and often work for multiple work-pool transcription websites. No industry-specific knowledge.
Direct supervision over transcribers?
Yes. Direct and immediate supervision of transcribers via an online system with IP tracking of location. Work in public places is strictly prohibited.
No. Frequently changing freelance transcribers around the world who often work in crowd-shared work-spaces and internet cafes due to unreliable and expensive internet service in their country. No direct reporting to a supervisor.
100% human transcription?
Yes. Research Transcriptions performs 100% human transcription on all work. Speech recognition services are not offered.
No. Frequent use of speech recognition software to cut costs and shorten delivery times, resulting in accuracy ratings below 90%.
Company President available by phone?
No. No information provided about the owner or president on company websites.
Transcriber Qualifications
Research Transcriptions
Global Workpoools
100% US-based?
Yes. Research Transcriptions’ transcribers are 100% US-based.
No. Freelance transcribers are located around the world, outside the reach of US law. Some offer US transcribing service at higher prices than advertised rates.
100% American-English (AmE) speaking transcribers for English transcription?
Yes. All transcribers for English transcription are native American-English speakers (Anglo English transcription is not offered). Work with languages other than English is performed in the country native to the language spoken in the audio.
No. Most freelance transcribers overseas speak English as a 2nd or 3rd language. Others come from Anglo-English speaking countries, where spelling differences are common. All lack experience with American idioms, expressions, slang, proper pronouns, euphemisms, metaphors, and geographic references.
Security background checks required prior to work?
Yes. All Research Transcriptions’ transcribers are ID-verified in the US, with extensive background checks performed.
No. Background checks are not available for workers outside the United States. Worker identification cannot be positively verified.
Specialists in healthcare sciences and marketing research?
Yes. Transcribing teams with expertise in medical terminology, customer insights and more.
No. Global freelance transcribers lack access to (and financial ability) industry-specific training.
Trained & certified in Protecting Human Subject Research Participants?
Yes. All transcribers are CITI/NIH trained in Protecting Human Subject Research Participants.
No. Not required due to lack of specialization and cost. Difficult to oversee with global freelance transcribers.
Security & Confidentiality
Research Transcribers
Global workpools
IRB compliant?
Yes. IRB-approved by over 110 colleges and universities across the United States.
Sometimes. Not usually hired by universities due to insufficient supervision of overseas workers to assure confidentiality and accountability.
HIPAA compliant?
Yes. All Research Transcriptions transcribers are HIPAA trained and certified, with quarterly training updates.
Not required due to lack of specialization and cost. Difficult to oversee with global freelance workers.
100% US data storage?
Yes. Detailed information available.
No. Use of workers around the globe requires servers located near them.
SOC 2 service option?
Yes. Schedule a meeting with Rob Foley to discuss.
No. Difficult to attain due to lack of supervision of workers outside the U.S..
NDAs & IRQs (security questionnaires) welcome?
Yes. We provide and invite client’s own. Security Officers are welcome.
No. NDAs offered lack culpability of workers outside the U.S.
US data confidentiality laws enforceable with transcribers?
Yes. All Research Transcriptions’ transcribers sign NDAs and are answerable to U.S. law.
No. Workers outside the U.S. are not answerable to U.S. law.
Transcription Options
Research Transcriptions
Global workpools
Free 3-minute time stamps?
Yes. Free 3-minute time stamps upon request with no extra charge.
No. Time stamps cost an additional $0.25 per minute on average.
Free fast transcription turnaround with advanced-scheduling?
Yes. Fast transcription delivery is available through advanced project scheduling. No extra charge for 24-hour delivery option.
No. Additional fees for fast transcription turnaround range from $0.25 – $0.75 for 24-hour delivery. No advanced scheduling option.
De-identification/ anonymization offered?
Yes. Research Transcriptions will also remove names of places and locations upon request.
No. Workers lack familiarity with American places and locations; unable to identify.
100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee offered?
Yes. Reproofed (free) by the team. 100% satisfaction guarantee from owner/president. Schedule a meeting with Rob Foley.
No. Usually partial credit offered toward future work. The responsible worker can be difficult to locate due to lack of supervision varying time zones of personnel.

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Research Transcriptions
Global Freelance Transcribing Workpools
Company ownership, operations, production
100% US-owned and operated?
Yes. 100% owned by Robert Foley (Service Disabeld Veteran) See corporate registrations.
No. Freelance workers log in to a global work-pool website to request transcribing jobs.
Dedicated Account Manager in the US?
Yes. Dedicated account manager in the United States, available via phone and email – on weekends too.
Sometimes.
Dedicated Transcription Teams?
Yes. Research Transcriptions utilizes dedicated transcribing teams in a wide variety of fields, including medical research (sciences), marketing, academia and more.
No. Global freelance workers who are transient and often work for multiple work-pool transcribing services. No industry-specific knowledge.
Direct supervision over transcribers?
Yes. Direct and immediate supervision of transcribers via an online system with IP tracking of location. Work in public places is strictly prohibited.
No. Frequently changing freelance transcribers around the world who often work in crowd-shared work-spaces and internet cafes due to unreliable and expensive internet service in their country. No direct reporting to a supervisor.
100% human transcription?
Yes. Research Transcriptions performs 100% human transcription on 100% of work. Speech recognition services are not offered.
No. Frequent use of speech recognition software to cut costs and shorten delivery times, resulting in accuracy ratings below 90%.
Company President available by phone?
No. No information provided about the owner or president on company websites.
Transcriber qualifications
100% US-based?
Yes. Research Transcriptions’ transcribers are 100% US-based.
No. Freelance transcribers are located around the world, outside the reach of US. law. Some offer US transcribing services at higher prices than advertised rates.
100% American-English (AmE) speaking transcribers for English transcription?
Yes. All transcribers of English audio are native American-English speakers (Anglo English transcribing service is not offered). Work with languages other than English is performed in the country native to the language spoken in the audio.
No. Most freelance transcribers overseas speak English as a 2nd or 3rd language. Most others come from Anglo-English speaking countries, where spelling differences are common. All lack experience with American idioms, expressions, slang, proper pronouns, euphemisms, metaphors, and geographic references.
Security background checks required prior to work?
Yes. All Research Transcriptions’ transcribers are ID-verified in the US, with extensive background checks performed.
No. Background checks are not available for workers outside the United States. Worker identification cannot be positively verified.
Specialists in healthcare sciences and marketing research?
Yes. Transcribing teams with expertise in medical terminology, customer insights and more.
No. General freelance transcribers who lack availability (and financial ability) for industry-specific training.
Trained & certified in Protecting Human Subject Research Participants?
Yes. All transcribers are CITI/NIH trained in Protecting Human Subject Research Participants.
No. Not required due to lack of specialization and cost. Difficult to oversee with global freelance workers.
Security & Confidentiality
IRB compliant?
Yes. IRB-approved by over 110 colleges and universities across the United States.
Sometimes. Not usually hired by universities due to insufficient supervision of overseas workers to assure confidentiality and accountability.
HIPAA compliant?
Yes. All Research Transcriptions transcribers are HIPAA trained and certified, with quarterly training updates.
Not required due to lack of specialization and cost. Difficult to oversee with global freelance workers.
100% US data storage?
Yes. Detailed information available.
No. Use of transcribers around the globe requires servers located near them.
SOC 2 service option?
Yes. Schedule a meeting with Rob Foley to discuss.
No. Difficult to attain due to lack of supervision of workers outside the US.
NDAs & IRQs (security questionnaires) welcome?
Yes. We provide and invite client’s own. Security Officers are welcome.
No. NDAs offered do not cover workers outside the U.S.
US data confidentiality laws enforceable with transcribers?
Yes. All Research Transcriptions’ transcribers sign NDAs and are answerable to US law.
No. Workers outside the US are not answerable to US law.
Transcription options
Free 3-minute time stamps?
Yes. Free 3-minute time stamps upon request with no extra charge.
No. Time stamps cost an additional $0.25 per minute on average.
Free fast transcription turnaround with advanced-scheduling?
Yes. Fast transcription delivery is available through advanced project scheduling. No extra charge for 24-hour delivery option.
No. Additional fees for fast transcription turnaround range from $0.25 – $0.75 for 24-hour delivery. No advanced scheduling option.
De-identification/ anonymization offered?
Yes. Through 100% human transcription, Research Transcriptions will remove names of places and locations upon request.
No. Workers lack familiarity with American places and locations; unable to identify.
100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee offered?
Yes. Reproofed (free) by the team. 100% satisfaction guarantee from owner/president. Schedule a meeting with Rob Foley.
No. Usually partial credit offered toward future work. The responsible worker can be difficult to locate due to lack of supervision and varying time zones of transcribers.

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