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Prospects for a transparency revolution in the field of business history

Smith, Andrew and Umemura, Maki ORCID: 2019. Prospects for a transparency revolution in the field of business history. Business History 61 (6) , pp. 919-941. 10.1080/00076791.2018.1439019

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The last five years have seen is an increasing emphasis on research transparency in many disciplines. Unfortunately, the field of business history is being bypassed by the movement for the creation of research transparency institutions. The article begins by showing why it is important for the business history community to engage with the research transparency movement by embracing the principle of Open Data. The article then argues that Active Citation is the right variant of Open Data for the business–history community and that the widespread adoption of Active Citation in the field of business history would be promoted by the creation of a specialised repository for business–historical research data. The challenges involved in establishing such a repository are discussed. The article concludes by arguing that business historical journals and monograph publishers should not require authors to use Active Citation; rather, contributors should merely be required to state whether they have made the data underlying their article available online.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0007-6791
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 June 2018
Date of Acceptance: 26 February 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 04:38

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