another step forward for open science

The esteemed journal Nature has issued new guidelines about code availability. Includes:

Nature and the Nature journals have decided that, given the diversity of practices in the disciplines we cover, we cannot insist on sharing computer code in all cases. But we can go further than we have in the past, by at least indicating when code is available. Accordingly, our policy now mandates that when code is central to reaching a paper’s conclusions, we require a statement describing whether that code is available and setting out any restrictions on accessibility. Editors will insist on availability where they consider it appropriate: any practical issues preventing code sharing will be evaluated by the editors, who reserve the right to decline a paper if important code is unavailable. Moreover, we will provide a dedicated section in articles in which any information on computer code can be placed.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

1 thought on “another step forward for open science”

  1. I should know more about this than I do. JMF allows authors to include material in online supplements, but this material is reviewed with the rest of the paper. Would reviewers be expected to review the code as well? Or would the understanding be that the journal does not vouch for the quality of the coding?

    In the best case, publishing code would allow for more scrutiny of analyses. In the worst, it might enable the rapid proliferation of error.

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