ReproduceMe: lessons from a pilot project on computational reproducibility

Daniel Hart Baker, Mareike Berg, Kirralise Hansford, Bartholomew Quinn, Federico Segala, Erin Warden-English

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Abstract

If a scientific paper is computationally reproducible, the analyses it reports can be repeated independently by others. At the present time most papers are not reproducible. However, the tools to enable computational reproducibility are now widely available, using free and open source software. We conducted a pilot study in which we offered ‘reproducibility as a service’ within a UK psychology department for a period of 6 months. Our rationale was that most researchers lack either the time or expertise to make their own work reproducible, but might be willing to allow this to be done by an independent team. Ten papers were converted into reproducible format using R markdown, such that all analyses were conducted by a single script that could download raw data from online platforms as required, generate figures, and produce a pdf of the final manuscript. For some studies this involved reproducing analyses originally conducted using commercial software. The project was an overall success, with strong support from the contributing authors who saw clear benefit from this work, including greater transparency and openness, and ease of use for the reader. Here we describe our framework for reproducibility, summarise the specific lessons learned during the project, and discuss the future of computational reproducibility. Our view is that computationally reproducible manuscripts embody many of the core principles of open science, and should become the default format for scientific communication.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMeta-Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Feb 2024

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Keywords

  • computational reproducibility
  • markdown
  • meta-psychology

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