Recently, this question and that one have been asked in the tag academic-research. Both questions were closed within a few hours of being posted and as of this question one has been reopened following this discussion in its comments.
User A: This is asking about research regarding interpersonal relationships, not about an actual interpersonal skill
User B: Is your issue with this question specifically because it's asking for research, or because of what research it is asking for?
User A: Mainly that it's asking for research/literature, which I am not sure is quite on topic for Interpersonal skills. It is an interesting question, for sure.
OP: Asking for research is on-topic here. The tag "academic-research" was created just for that (and have six unclosed questions). However, the fact that I'm asking about an interpersonal relationship and not an actual interpersonal skill is a good point to consider
User A: I didn't realize asking for literature had precedent. I'm happy to reverse my vote. The interpersonal relationships vs skills is a pretty fine distinction, now I'm not sure. Can any more experienced user weigh in?
OP: Maybe we should open a meta question? I have no idea if it's on-topic either. Given the stack name, I would say it's off-topic, but maybe it is?
The question which got reopened was not edited, and no meta was written to discuss it before it was reopened. One of the users who voted to close it changed their vote after the discussion, but it seems to me as if there is not good community consensus about these types of questions.
It was decided in the early days of IPS to allow questions about theoretical applications of interpersonal skills
We want questions that aren't just "Which skills do I use?" or "How do I use this skill in this situation?" but also "When do I use this skill?" and "Why is this a useful skill at all?"
The next step beyond theoretical application is academic research. We have a tag dedicated to research which currently has 9 questions. 7 are open and 2 are closed. This makes me think that questions asking for research can be on-topic, but there must be some criteria that we can use to determine which ones are and which ones aren't.
So my question is: What are the qualities of a good, on-topic question asking for academic research?