Wikipedia:Research recruitment/Wikipedian checklist
This document is intended to help Wikipedians review proposals for recruiting participants for scholarly research. Your intuiting is invaluable in determining when a proposal is ready. If you think that a project is adequately documented, not likely to cause a disruption and likely to be successful at producing something valuable, then the review should be closed. The checklist below is intended to help guide your questions and information requests.
- Has the researcher reviewed the literature on Wikipedia, and listed similar studies to the one proposed or otherwise stated that there is no precedent? (check wikipapers)
- Has the researcher thoroughly explained the goals of the research?
- Has the researcher verified their identity and provided credentials?
- What is the researcher's plan for publishing the results of the research?
Research participant protection
- Has the researcher explained how data will be stored/kept private?
- Sometimes researchers will ask Wikipedians for information they'd like to be kept private. A researcher should have a plan for securely storing such information and properly anonymizing their results.
- Will the researcher provide a consent form for potential participants to review/sign?
- Note that this is not necessary for many studies where participants will not risk harm. Do you accept the researcher's reason for not having one?
- For researchers affiliated with a university or research institution, an excellent rationale for not having an informed consent document is the provision of a document proving that their research proposal has been reviewed by their organization's ethics committee, and that committee determined that an informed consent document is not necessary.
- Will the recruitment or any other part of the research plan unnecessarily disrupt editors?
- Is there a better way to do recruitment that will still allow the researcher to continue?
- Would performing the recruitment or research breach any policies or guidelines of Wikipedia?
- Has the researcher Canvassed appropriately for participation in this discussion?
Open access policy
- Can the results be made freely available to the community?
- Can the data be published openly for re-use?