Presidents Thelen and Smith respond to Women’s Caucus statement

Current APSA President Kathleen Thelen and President-Elect Rogers Smith respond to the Women’s Caucus statement requesting that they clarify their positions on DA-RT. They write: “For those communities where a consensus on data sharing or transparency standards exists, journals can certainly accommodate that consensus (as they do, for example, for certain types of quantitative analysis). However, where such consensus does not yet exist, we believe that openness to a variety of approaches to transparency will prove most helpful in cultivating the rich diversity of rigorous, productive research traditions that together define our Association.”

Their full statement is available here.

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The Women’s Caucus for Political Science Releases Statement

The Women’s Caucus for Political Science has released a statement drawing attention to the high number of women and scholars of color who will be disadvantaged by DA-RT, and calling for a suspension of the transparency requirement until the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations have been concluded.

The statement recommends “that the president and president-elect note that DA-RT provisions need to be revised to address the concerns of qualitative scholars, scholars from non-Research 1 schools, and scholars working on politically sensitive topics, many of whom are women and scholars of color. We also recommend that the president and president-elect urge editors to delay their implementation of DA-RT as a requirement until such revisions are made.”

A full copy of the statement can be found here.

Open letter to British Medical Journal on need to publish more qualitative research

Seventy-six scholars pen an open letter to the British Medical Journal arguing that papers based on qualitative data should not be considered “low priority,” as is common practice across medical journals. “Few research topics in clinical decision making and patient care can be sufficiently understood through quantitative research alone.” Therefore, the BMJ should “develop and publish a formal policy on qualitative and mixed method research…[which] should include appropriate and explicit criteria for judging the relevance of submissions.” They conclude, “We believe it is time for a prospective study to assess whether the BMJ can come to value and be proud of qualitative research as part of its mission to lead the debate on health, inform clinical decision making, and improve outcomes for patients.”

Jennifer Hochschild Responds to Update Letter

Hello all,

Thanks for including me (along with David and Rodney) in this exchange of letters; I appreciate being kept informed about this fascinating and important set of conversations.  I am writing to add a little information to that which is included in them already.

On forums:  The QMMR section is developing a procedure for deliberation over the next few months; the letter below provides a detailed description and invitation to  participate. There is also a more informal and less structured invitation for comments and discussion posted on PSNow, under the heading “Updated Invitation for Deliberation about Research Transparency and Interpretability” (it includes a link to the QMMR process and other useful links).  As I see it, these are complementary forums — roughly speaking, one emphasizes breadth and ease of entry, and the other emphasizes depth and more consistent engagement.  Let’s use both, as well as any other forums that other groups might establish.

On additional information:  the “Bing Powell letter,” also described below, is now posted on PSNow, under the heading “Letter from distinguished political scientists urging nuanced journal interpretation of JETS policy guidelines.”  Please note that in addition to the sections quoted by the letter writers below, a key paragraph reads:

This post is continued here.