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Published January 25, 2022 | Version v2.0.0
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Ethics of contributor roles ontologies and taxonomies - Scoping review protocol


Background: This scoping review follows up on the results of an exploratory review of the literature (Hosseini, 2021) about ethics of Contributor Role Ontologies and Taxonomies (CROTs). Given the significance of CROTs in scholarly publications, the current iteration will address methodological limitations of the exploratory review and will also capture sources published more recently.Objectives: This review aims to 1) synthesize the published literature about ethical aspects of CROTs and 2) categorize discussed aspects under specific ethical themes.Methods: Upon reviewing each source, information related to ethical aspects of CROTs will be synthesized to answer research questions. Sources that discuss ethical aspects of CROTs in a significant way in English will be included. Four indices (Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed, Google Scholar) will be searched without restriction on publication dates. Data will be charted in terms of mentioned research area(s), discussed CROTs, discussed ethical aspects (and in case of availability, other note-worthy information such as used normative approach, mentioned stakeholders, and provided solutions/recommendations will also be captured for further analysis).Results: Review results will be published open access in the peer-reviewed journal of Accountability in Research. Subsequently, the review results will inform the development of a survey to explore the views of the research community about the ethical evolution of CROTs.


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