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Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI) Models

Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI) is a flexible approach to making publications based on qualitative research more transparent. ATI builds on Active Citation, an earlier approach to achieving transparency in qualitative research pioneered by Moravcsik (e.g., 2010, 2012a, 2012b, 2014a, 2014b, 2014c, 2016). As ATI becomes more widespread, we anticipate that publishers will modify their platforms so that accessing annotations is a uniformly straightforward “click through” process. With current practice, however, the way that annotations are displayed will depend on various factors including whether the publication is presented as a pdf or html, whether there is a paywall, and whether the publication is read online or first downloaded.

QDR has created two examples of ATI in action. We offer here instructions for accessing them.

(A) ATI in the context of an open access article (here, a working paper) that is accessible from anywhere, with any browser, without any additional software:

  1. Access the PDF of the working paper by going to
  2. You will now see the ATI Data Supplement on the side of the PDF.

(B) ATI in the context of an article behind a publisher’s paywall:

  1. Requirements to access the ATI Data Supplement
    • Use the Chrome browser with the extension. You can install that Chrome extension by clicking “Add to Chrome” on here.
    • Make sure you have direct access to the article (without proxy), i.e., you must be on a computer connected to your institution’s network or via VPN.
  2. Access the ATI Data Supplement by going to
  3. You will now see the ATI Data Supplement on the side of the web page.

If you have any questions or problems accessing any of the projects please contact QDR.