Active Citation Editor
The ACE (Active Citation Editor) was developed by QDR to help scholars to create a TRAX (transparency appendix), and its associated active citation compilation.
“Active citation,” originally developed by Andrew Moravcsik (2010, 2012, 2014), entails digitally enhancing the citations – in-text references, footnotes, and/or endnotes – in a piece of scholarship based on qualitative or multi-method research. Citations that support important claims, conclusions, and inferences are “activated” – hyperlinked to a Transparency Appendix (TRAX) where more rigorous, annotated versions of the citations appear. In addition, when the actual sources that underlie the activated citations can be legally and ethically shared, the TRAX includes hyperlinks to these sources, which are gathered in an active citation compilation.
Scholars interested in creating a TRAX and assembling an active citation compilation should consult QDR’s A Guide to Active Citation. Scholars who would like to use the ACE to activate the citations in an existing piece of scholarship should contact QDR to learn more. They should also consult QDR’s ACE User Manual, which offers step-by-step instructions for using the ACE.
To give a brief overview, scholars first identify the citations they wish to activate, organize the sources that underlie those citations, and prepare them for sharing. The scholar then provides QDR with a digital version of the publication whose citations they wish to activate, and deposits the sources with QDR. QDR staff sets up the scholar’s active citation project on the ACE, and notifies the scholar that s/he may begin to use the tool to activate the citations in his/her publication.