Challenge for our generation: open, reproducible and reliable science
Symposium co-organized by Anna Krystalli, Isabel Winney & Malika Ihle, following the International Society of Behavioural Ecology Conference, on the 3rd of August 2016 in Exeter, U.K.
Presentation of issues
9:30 Self-deception (Shakti Lamba)
How humans are self-deceiving, even in research. PLoS One paper.
Issues surrounding increased publication of significant results. Biological Review paper.
Data are often collected without accounting for human sensory bias. PLoS Biology paper.
11:00 The P-hacking phenomenon (Megan Head)
Examining the process of intentional and unintentional quests for pPLoS Biology paper.
Presentation of practical counter-measures
Putting THIS long-term data set online, issues of reproducibility in long term data.
Personal experience with replicating experimental work – a lessons to be learnt. Behavioural Ecology paper.
General walk-through and examples.
14:00 Project organisation with RStudio and Version control with Git (Mike Croucher & Anna Krystalli)
RStudio becoming a very powerful integrated data science tool in which research projects can be organised from start to finish. We’ll walk through setting up a project and linking a project to GitHub.
Examples of how to use markdown to document, present and publish code and analyses directly through R and even build free websites hosted on github.
16:00 Pre-registration walk-through (Wolfgang Forstmeier)
Walk-through and considerations when publishing your first study with the Open Science Framework.
Well documented, open and transparent code is the first step towards workflow reproducibility. It is also the first step to collaborative working and enabling others to build on your work. In this workshop we’ll cover some github basics and tips and tricks on how to make use of github features for maintaining open collaborative workflows.
Practicalities, drawbacks and hold-ups with open data for long term studies.
Preregister your study
TOP guidelines (Transparency and Openness Promotion for institution in Ecology and Evolution)
Open Science Framework Webinars on open, reproducible research practices, and free statistical consultations
Software Carpentry Teaching basic lab skills for research computing
Papers published as an outcome
Ihle M, Winney IS, Krystalli A & Croucher M. 2017. Striving for transparent and credible research: practical guidelines for behavioral ecologist. Invited Idea – Behavioral Ecology.
Winney IS, Ihle M. Transparent and credible practices under the microscope: a response to comments on Ihle et al. Behavioral Ecology.
What attendees said
“ These tools for working reproducibility should be taught in undergrad ! ”
“ I always felt like anyone could come to the conclusion they like, and that nobody is really able to check the validity of the claims made. Sometimes I feel that the “science” we do is ridiculously unprofessional ”
“ I attended the post-conference symposia in Exeter and I liked it very much. It changed and will change a lot my workflow as a project leader on my current science project. [..] I just wanted to let you know how much I liked the speakers, the spirit and the outcome. ”