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Balancing Ethics and Transparency (part I)

Many journals and funders have policies requiring research transparency before an article is accepted or a project is supported. At the same time, much of the work in the social sciences relies on sensitive data in surveys or interviews that could endanger privacy or the well-being of human subjects. How can scholars working with sensitive data ensure a degree of transparency that still protects privacy?

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Reproducibility in qualitative research: “There is little awareness”

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Reproducibility in qualitative research is not an accepted standard yet. While some researchers try to be transparent and might provide interview transcripts on request, most qualitative work is seldom checked and validated. I talked to political scientist Ingo Rohlfing, University of Cologne, about why reproducibility should not just be an issue for quantitative methods, and how case study researchers can make their data available.
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