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Tools for Reproducible Research
by Alice Young

A recent editorial in Science argues that to foster reproducible research, we need new incentives and new tools. This is the first of an occasional feature that will provide links to tools and resources that may be useful to you and your trainees. If you have resources to share with others at TTU, please send them to alice.young@ttu.edu for inclusion in a future column.

  1. A collection of articles in Nature explores issues and challenges of research replication and corroboration:  http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/reproducibility/

  2. Nature Toolbox is a growing collection of articles about research tactics. Recent articles focused on reproducibility include
  3. Proposed principles and guidelines for reporting preclinical research in biomedical and health science. These arose from a workshop hosted by NIH, AAAS and Nature Publishing Group and are endorsed by a wide range of journals, professional associations, and societies.

  4. Center for Open Science, an initiative to support research collaboration and data organization that hosts reproducibility projects in psychology and cancer biology.

  5. REDCap, a web application to build secure on-line surveys & databases, is now available through TTU IT. You can request access to TTU REDCap at www.evaluate.ttu.edu. More information and tutorials are available at http://projectredcap.org and at http://ithelpcentral.ttu.edu or (806) 742-4357 (HELP). 

  6. An Introduction to scientific computing with Python, part of a series of Lectures on Scientific Computing with Python by J.R. Johansson.

  7. Data analysis: ten tips I wish I'd known sooner, data analysis tactics from a senior, well-funded social scientist.
Alice Young is associate vice president for research and responsible research in the Office of the Vice President for Research.