Category Archives: reproducible research

Replication and transparency in political science – did we make any progress?

When a range of top political science journals signed a statement to enforce transparency in 2014 (JETS statement), there was an immediate backlash by qualitative researchers. Hundreds of scholars signed a petition against strict transparency rules asking for clarification. Then the LaCour scandal happened, where a political scientist fabricated a study and pretended to withhold his data because of confidentially. Another wake-up call. Where is the debate in political science now?  Continue reading

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Ethics, Scandals and Self-Correction: My Predictions for Reproducibility in 2018

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What’s going to happen in the reproducibility world in 2018? What are the new trends to push transparency, especially in the social sciences? And most importantly, what’s the next big challenge to be tackled? Here are my top predictions, collected with the help of reproducibility folks on twitter.

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Guest post: Should researchers committed to and promoting reproducible research be additionally rewarded? by Marta Teperek

Doing reproducible research and advocating for reproducibility involves extra time and resources. This puts researchers at a competitive disadvantage. But should they ask for additional rewards for their engagement? A guest post by Marta Teperek.

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What has reproducibility promotion done for me?

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Why should I promote reproducibility? Doesn’t this distract me from my research? Here are four tangible benefits that show how being a data champion has helped my academic career.
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Hi-tech against scientific misconduct + gender bias

The Guardian published a long read piece today on attempts to detect data errors or fabrication on a large scale. Using the app Statcheck by Michele Nuijten, we can now detect automatically if papers may have errors in them. Unfortunately Michele is hardly mentioned in the article and does not become a vital part of the larger story. Gender bias?

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Towards a more comprehensive replication standard in political science: reproducible data collection

How can we create reliable and replicable political science data? A recent article in the American Political Science Review focuses on text analysis and suggests ways to make these data sound and reproducible.

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“People like stories” A short film about reproducibility

janz replication spiegelhalterWe need mathematical help to tell the difference between a real discovery and the illusion of one. Fellow of the Royal Society and future President of the Royal Statistical Society, Sir David Spiegelhalter visits Dr Nicole Janz  to discuss reproducibility in scientific publications. Here’s the film:

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