Journal article Open Access

Letter from the Editor

Cyr, Jennifer

This issue is filled with questions—questions directed toward how we think about our research and what (or whether)
guidelines should be in place regarding how we present it.
The issue’s principle symposium takes a critical point of view on the latter debate. Specifically, it questions the continued advocacy of Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT) in political science. While the value of DA-RT has been debated in the past, here, the authors push the discussion forward in multiple ways. For example, they re-define those parts of the research process to which we, as a scholarly community, should have “access.” They question the feasibility of (full) transparency and the ethics of replication when data collection is based on relationships of trust, exchange, and with marginalized populations. They also tackle the problem of DA-RT from the, perhaps, less obvious perspective of political theory.

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