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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

Staff Information

Jennifer Heimberg, Study Director
Adrienne Stith-Butler, Senior Program Officer




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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will empanel an ad hoc committee of approximately 13 – 14 experts who will assess research and data reproducibility and replicability issues, with a focus on topics that cross disciplines.

The committee will:
  1. provide definitions of "reproducibility" and "replication" accounting for the diversity of fields in science and engineering,
  2. assess what is known and, if necessary, identify areas that may need more information to ascertain the extent of the issues of replication and reproducibility in scientific and engineering research,
  3. review current activities to improve reproducibility and replication,
  4. examine factors that may affect reproducibility or replication including incentives, roles and responsibilities within the scientific enterprise, methodology and experimental design, and manipulation; as well as studies of conditions or phenomena that are difficult to replicate or reproduce,
  5. consider a range of scientific methodologies as they explore research and data reproducibility and replicability issues, and
  6. draw conclusions and make recommendations for improving rigor and transparency in scientific and engineering research and will identify and highlight compelling examples of good practices.
Throughout the study, the committee will engage with scientific and engineering societies, communication experts, scientific tool developers, and other stakeholders will be engaged in the work of the committee as part of the data gathering process.

These same stakeholder groups will be tapped at the end of the study in the planned release event, to ensure a wide distribution of the report. 

Check back soon for updates on the committee and its first meeting.



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