2017-11-10

On reproducibility

What is reproducibility in science?


  • ability to reproduce results by a peer
  • requires data, methods, and procedures
  • increasingly, science is supposed to be reproducible

Why does it not happen, in practice?

Some opinions on whether reproducibility is needed:

  • Ideally, yes but we don’t have time for this.
  • If it gets published, yes.
  • If it gets published, yes; unless it is in PLoS One…
  • No need: I work on my own.
  • For others to copy us? You crazy?!
  • No way! We rigged the data, the method does not work, and we ran the analyses in Excel.

Main obstacles to reproducibility