Reproducibility is held as the gold standard for scientific research. The legitimacy of any published work depends on the question: can we access the data, replicate the analysis and come to the same results? In many cases, we cannot. In Political Science, Economics, Psychology and many other fields, scandals involving fabricated data or scientific misconduct have stirred a debate on reproducibility that calls for fundamental changes in the way research is done.
This interdisciplinary conference discusses why authors are not sharing their work, how new initiatives across the social sciences are challenging the status quo, and what researchers can gain from sharing their data. A part of the conference will be two hands-on workshop sessions tailored for qualitative and quantitative researchers to embed tools such as the Qualitative Data Repository, Open Science Framework and the TIER protocol into their workflow.
We end with a panel discussion about how universities, journals, funders and researchers can nurture a reproducibility culture to ensure that the gold standard of reliable, credible and valid research is upheld.
After the conference, the participants will have a better understanding of current debates and initiatives on research integrity and transparency. They will have learned a range of sources available to plan and execute a qualitative or quantitative research project that is reproducible.
We also hope for early career researchers and staff to disseminate these tools to their students and networks.
Todd Landman, Pro Vice Chancellor Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham
Kenneth Benoit, Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods, LSE
Vera Troeger, University of Warwick
Richard Ball, Haverford College, Director of the “Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research (TIER)” Project
Thomas Leeper, Department of Government, LSE
Louise Corti, Associate Director, UK Data Service
Florian Markowetz, Cancer Research UK, University of Cambridge
Dalson Figueiredo, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Who can join the workshop/conference?
In the first instance, we will admit staff and students from the University of Nottingham. The event is tailored for third year BA, MA and PhD students, as well as early career researchers and staff across the social sciences.
I'm not at the University of Nottingham - can I join?
We welcome external participants. Please write to the organiser (Nicole Janz) and tell us why you'd like to join. I can then - if places are available - add your name as participant manually. You cannot currently book a ticket as an exernal participant. The event is free for all, and as an external you will have to pay for your own travels.
Is this event relevant for quantitative or qualitative research?
Both. There is a separate workshop session for qualitative and quantitative reproducibility tools.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
All of our campuses have pay and display parking locations, such as Highfields Visitor Parking (see this map). Parking permits / vouchers or pay and display tickets are required to be displayed on vehicles on University campuses between 9.15am and 4.00pm week days. Our venue (Trent Building) is no. 15 on the pdf map. There are sometimes parking spaces at the Lakeside Theatre (South Entrance) but please bear in mind that this is public parking for visitors of the theatre and cafe (I can recommend the cafe!).
What should I bring into the event?
We have booked computer rooms for the practical sessions. You are welcome to bring your own laptop. The campus has eduroam wifi.
Who is funding this event?
Newton Mobility Grant by the British Academy; the Research Commitee at the School of Politics and IR at the University of Nottingham; Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) Catalyst Program.
Will there be recording or live streaming of the event?
We are not currently providing this, but we are looking into it. Watch this space for updates - if there's a URL I will post it here.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email Nicole Janz.