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A Taxonomy of Transparency in Science

Elliott, Kevin (2020) A Taxonomy of Transparency in Science. [Preprint]

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Both scientists and philosophers of science have recently emphasized the importance of promoting transparency in science. For scientists, transparency is a way to promote reproducibility, progress, and trust in research. For philosophers of science, transparency can help address the value-ladenness of scientific research in a responsible way. Nevertheless, the concept of transparency is a complex one. Scientists can be transparent about many different things, for many different reasons, on behalf of many different stakeholders. This paper proposes a taxonomy that clarifies the major dimensions along which approaches to transparency can vary. By doing so, it provides several insights that philosophers and other science-studies scholars can pursue. In particular, it helps address common objections to pursuing transparency in science, it clarifies major forms of transparency, and it suggests avenues for further research on this topic.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Elliott, Kevinkce@msu.edu0000-0003-3397-7849
Keywords: open science; transparency; values and science; value judgments; science communication; research ethics
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Kevin Elliott
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2020 03:38
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 03:38
Item ID: 17678
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1017/can.2020.21
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17678

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