Publishing reproducible research outputs: the role of social and technical infrastructures

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We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new, exciting collaboration with Knowledge Exchange (KE), a partnership of national organisations within Europe, tasked with developing infrastructure and digital services to improve research and higher education.  In this context, we are supporting their expert Task & Finish group in investigating the research reproducibility landscape – an area that made the headlines in 2012, when psychology researchers questioned the reliability of findings in their field. Since then, the narrative of a “reproducibility crisis” has been spreading to other disciplines, drawing the attention of stakeholders at all levels, from the individual researcher to research funders (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. Application of the KE Open Scholarship framework to the research reproducibility landscape (PEST analysis).

This project aims to investigate current practices and the barriers related to publishing reproducible research outputs, as well as determining how infrastructure (technical and social) can support this. The growing interest in reproducibility is unsurprising, because, as a  concept, it is crucial to open scholarship: reproducible research enhances the reliability of scientific findings and supports the development of a “Research System based on shared knowledge”­ – something that the European Commission is seeking to develop by 2030 by building on the principles of transparency, trust, innovation and diversity. Unfortunately, however, reproducibility remains a significant issue in today’s research landscape, partly due to its implications across the entire research lifecycle, from discovery through to publication and dissemination, and the fact that it affects a wide range of stakeholder groups.

As the project takes off, KE have released a blog post on their website, which builds on this brief summary and expands on our collective aims and objectives. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to this work, and you can read more at: https://www.knowledge-exchange.info/news/articles/29-01-2021

For updates on this project, please follow us on social media at @rschconsulting, @drachiarelli and @knowexchange.

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