Bras. Political Sci. Rev.2019;13(2):e0001.

Seven Reasons Why: A User’s Guide to Transparency and Reproducibility

Dalson Figueiredo Filho ORCID logo , Rodrigo Lins ORCID logo , Amanda Domingos ORCID logo , Nicole Janz ORCID logo , Lucas Silva ORCID logo

DOI: 10.1590/1981-3821201900020001

Despite a widespread agreement on the importance of transparency in science, a growing body of evidence suggests that both the natural and the social sciences are facing a reproducibility crisis. In this paper, we present seven reasons why journals and authors should implement — transparent guidelines. We argue that sharing replication materials, which include full disclosure of the methods used to collect and analyze data, the public availability of raw and manipulated data, in addition to computational scripts, may generate the following positive outcomes: 01. production of trustworthy empirical results, by preventing intentional frauds and avoiding honest mistakes; 02. making the writing and publishing of papers more efficient; 03. enhancing the reviewers’ ability to provide better evaluations; 04. enabling the continuity of academic work; 05. developing scientific reputation; 06. helping to learn data analysis; and 07. increasing the impact of scholarly work. In addition, we review the most recent computational tools to work reproducibly. With this paper, we hope to foster transparency within the political science scholarly community.

Seven Reasons Why: A User’s Guide to Transparency and Reproducibility