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.