Data Citation and Research Transparency Standards in the Social Sciences

June 13-14, 2013

Transparency has long been a core tenet of social science inquiry. We are now seeing a growing movement to increase transparency across the social sciences through open access to data and data sharing. While sharing data and other research products has become easier as a result of technological innovation, the degree to which current research practice reflects standards for transparency still varies within and across domains.

In this context, on June 13–14, 2013, a cross-disciplinary group of journal editors and other stakeholders in academic publishing gathered under the auspices of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). This meeting, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, addressed the value and practice of research transparency, with a particular focus on the role of academic journals in promoting data access and consistent data citation practices. Participants represented journals and societies from a number of social science domains, including economics, education, political science, demography, psychology, and sociology.

Questions discussed by participants included:

  • How do we promote research transparency and replication of scientific results?
  • What constitutes compliance with data citation and open data requirements?
  • How can editorial workflows verify compliance with data citation and open access requirements?

A statement of principles from this meeting will be available in coming weeks.

Participant Biographies