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The fruit of scholarship, in computational sciences, is obviously a hybrid of theoretical and experimental research components. However, in our current scientific publication practice, researchers do not include all the necessary components of their research in their academic papers. Indeed, in our traditional publication system, the limitations of a paper medium make it impossible for authors to include their code, data, or any other complementary material in their research papers.
The direct consequence of such a practice is that other researchers who are interested in building their research upon a published paper are left on their own to reproduce and validate the results presented in the paper. This type of situation sounds familiar to many of us. Don't you agree?
Recent studies go further and show that the lack of reporting experimental details and validating results in computational sciences is leading to a crisis of credibility. These studies argue that the current computational science practice is not reliable!
The term reproducible research was first proposed by Professor Jon Claerbout at Stanford University and is promoted by many other researchers as a good practice and a necessary response to the above issues.
What is Reproducible Research?
In reproducible research practice, researchers provide the product of their research as a Reproducible Research Compendium (RRC). Reproducible Research Compendium is defined as a container for all components of the research that are necessary for others to understand and reproduce the research.
Aside from being a good practice, recent studies show that reproducible research increases the impact of publications. These studies argue that reproducible research compendia are used and cited more often in other papers. This impact enhancement, along with many other advantages of RR, highly motivates researchers to make their research reproducible.
Now that you understood the concept of reproducible research, click here to learn how you can build and enhance a reproducible research compendium.
If you need more information, click here to find all the papers discussing reproducible research.
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