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Leiden University Libraries & Elsevier seminars on Reproducible Research

donderdag 22 april 2021 - woensdag 12 mei 2021
Online via Zoom

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) in partnership with Elsevier will host a series of online seminars on the challenges involved in achieving reproducibility in research. The seminars aim to identify best practices that can help to overcome central challenges around reproducibility, and to convey several concrete guidelines that can help researchers during their attempts to make their own research transparent and verifiable. While discussions of crucial theoretical concepts will get ample attention, the seminars will also showcase concrete experiences gained during various case studies. The seminars will be held on Thursday 22 April, 29 April and Wednesday 12 May.


Seminar 1: Rationale and benefits (Thursday 22 April - 15:00-17:00 CEST)

This seminar addresses the overall rationale of reproducible research. The speakers in the session explore the scholarly and the societal benefits of reproducibility in research, along with the actions that may need to be taken to expedite the cultural change that is needed to make the transition to reproducible research practices.

  • Welcome (15 min): Introduction to the lecture series.
  • Lecture (30 min): Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology, University of Oxford. Rationale underlying reproducibility and societal implications; How can the various stakeholders in the field of scholarly communication benefit from reproducible research?
  • Break (5 min)
  • Lecture (30 min): Brian Nosek, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia
  • Panel discussion (40 min): Actions need to effectuate a cultural change. Panel discussion focusing on stakeholder analysis: Researchers, Publishers, Funders.

Seminar 2: Theoretical session (Thursday 29 April - 15:00-17:00 CEST)

The second session aims to discuss the phenomenon of reproducibility mainly on a conceptual level. As one of its central questions, this seminar examines the scope and limits of the reproducibility. Should the call for replication be targeted mainly towards those disciplines following a quantitative or empirical approach?

  • Welcome (20 min): Recapitulation of session 1 and introduction of the topic.
  • Lecture (30 min): Christoph Schöch, Professor of Digital Humanites, Trier Center for Digital Humanities. Definitions and terminology.
  • Break (5 min)
  • Lecture (30 min): Bart PendersAssociate Professor Metamedica, School for Public Health and Prim Care, Fac. Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Scope and limitations of replication research.
  • Break (5 min)
  • Lecture (30 min): Peter Verhaar, Lecturer at Book & Digital Media Studies, Leiden University. Illustration: accountability and reproducibility in the digital humanities.  

Seminar 3: Practical session (Wednesday 12 May - 15:00-17:00 CEST)     

The speakers in the third session explain the concrete steps researchers can take to make their research reproducible. It offers insights on the aspects of the research project that need to be documented, and on the type of resources that need to be made available.  

  • Welcome (5 min): Recapitulation of session 1 & 2 and introduction of the topic. 
  • Lecture (20 min): Catriona Fennell, Director Journal Services, Elsevier. The role of the publisher.
  • Lecture (40 min): Kristina Hettne, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Leiden University Libraries, How to ‘ReproHack’: Learn how to reproduce the results of a study.  
  • Break (5 min)
  • Lecture (25 min): Gabriele Hayden, Research Data Management and Reproducibility Librarian at the University of OregonImproving reproducibility: practical steps for researchers.
  • Break (5 min)
  • Panel (15 min): Kristina Hettne and Gabriele HaydenWhat does a replication study entail on a concrete level? Discussion of main challenges. 
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