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A Guide to Active Citation

Note: The Guide to Active Citation, last amended in November 2013, outlines some of the basic principles and logic of Active Citation, an earlier approach to achieving transparency in qualitative research pioneered by Moravcsik (e.g., 2010, 2012a, 2012b, 2014a, 2014b, 2014c, 2016). The Guide to Active Citation continues to serve as a valuable primer on that transparency technique. (Note, however, that the Active Citation Editor [ACE] referenced in Sections IV and V of the Guide is no longer used and instructions referring to the ACE are obsolete.)

QDR and Hypothesis ( have partnered to develop a new approach to transparency in qualitative and multi-method research that builds on Active Citation: Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI). You can find a quick introduction to ATI here, can learn more about its intellectual underpinnings here, and can follow these instructions to create an Annotation for Transparent Inquiry Data Supplement to accompany a digital publication.