Summary and Setup

Given that open science is at the core of libraries’ work and many librarians provide direct and increasingly hands-on support to both early career and senior researchers at their institutions, a good understanding of reproducibility and its place in the open science landscape is critical. Moreover, as funders, journals, and other stakeholders begin to implement new requirements for open and reproducible research, librarians need to know how not only openness but also reproducibility can be achieved in academic research. Librarians also need to be aware of how differently the implementation of reproducible research workflows can look in across different disciplines and research methodologies.

Based on that, the current lesson proposal focuses on helping librarians understand the concept of reproducibility and learn about both theoretical and practical aspects of reproducible research workflows. It also aims to prompt further development of library support services in this area through harnessing existing expertise in academic libraries.

Learning Objectives

After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • explain what research reproducibility is
  • list at least 4 benefits and challenges of reproducible research
  • provide examples where reproducibility is not the same as open science (or: does not overlap with)
  • explain how different disciplines define reproducibility differently
  • provide examples of reproducible research workflows
  • list at least 4 different tools and practices for increasing research reproducibility
  • demonstrate basic understanding of how to use selected tools for increasing research reproducibility
  • provide examples of how libraries can support research reproducibility and its improvement

No setup is needed for this lesson.