I was asked about my understanding of reproducible research, and how that applies to social research. Here is how I see: Reproducible research is key to any scientific method, including applied social sciences. My minimalist understanding of reproducible research is quite simple: The capacity of repeating an experiment in any place with any person.


A study can be truly reproducible when it satisfies at least the following three criteria.

  • All methods are fully reported.
  • All data and files used for the analysis are (publicly) available.
  • The process of analyzing raw data is well reported and preserved.

Therefore: Same data + Same script = Same results