AnastasiaSh wrote:How do you understand transparency in human subjects research? How does transparency relate to our other commitments as researchers, such as ethics, rigor, and creativity in research? How, in practice, can scholars reconcile the imperative of data access and research transparency with our other commitments as researchers?
I think that transparency in this context revolves around your honesty about what you are and are not saying publicly. So, it is fine to withhold or change names and personal details, but we must be clear that we have done this, and clear about why.
I think that transparency should mean transparency with regard to *you the researcher,* not with regard to potentially vulnerable subjects. We as researchers need to be clear as much as possible on what work we've done, and how, but we have no obligation to be transparent about the details of others' lives, if that might cause subjects harm or distress. If you're doing work on oil companies, you would need to be transparent about any links you personally had to oil companies. But you would not need to be transparent on the name or contact information of a key opponent of a company.