How to Share Your Reproducible Research Compendium

Reproducibility means publication over the internet. Now that you have created your research compendium, you can share it with other researchers in many different ways. For example, you can simply put it on your personal or institutional website. However, if your institution supports an OAI-compliant repository, it is much more advantageous to put your compendium on such a repository.

Studies show that free on-line availability of research increases the impact of the research articles by providing better chances for publications to be read and cited. In this section we describe how a researcher can provide open access to his research compendia and enjoy the advantages.

1. Self-Archiving– Providing Open Access to the Research Paper

To provide open access to research papers, all that is needed is for authors to exercise self-archiving, i.e. put copies of their “ articles ” on an open access website (ex. a personal or institutional website). The “ articles ” may be in preprint (pre-peer review or pre-refereeing) or postprint (after peer review or refereed) form.

According to Directory of Journal Self-Archiving Policies, of the nearly 10,100 journals surveyed, over 95% have already given their official permission to author self-archiving (63% for postprints, 32% for preprints), and many of the remaining 5% journals will agree if the author asks. For example IEEE allows authors to self-archive as long as an IEEE copyright notice is displayed on the same page.

2. Open Licensing– Providing Open Access to the Code and Data

When a work is shared on the Web, the original expression of the idea falls automatically under copyright. However, authors can remove the copyright from the published code or data by using a suitable license of their choice. An author can choose a suitable license among many different existing licenses ensuring the specific legal requirements of each research project. A listing of more than sixty existing open-source licenses can be found on the Open Source webpage.

Some of popular and widely used licenses are GNU General Public License (GPL), Apache 2.0 license, Creative Commons licenses, and Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) license. Each license sets specific rights and obligations for other researchers to use the research compendium and build their works upon the performed work.

Moreover, a new licensing structure, adapted to reproducible research and called Reproducible Research Standard (RRS), has recently been proposed. This new standard is going to be an official mark of Science Commons providing researchers with a better legal framework for publishing their research compendia publicly.

How to Enhance the Visibility and Accessibility of the Shared Reproducible Research Compendia

Studies show that free on-line availability of research increases the impact of our research articles by providing better chances for our publications to be read, and cited. This has encouraged many researchers to provide their research compendia on their personal or institutional websites all around the world. This method of providing access to research follows a distributed scheme and brings up some issues about the worldwide visibility of the research compendia.

In such a distributed system, good visibility and retrieval of information are essential for the successful delivery of services. Fortunately, many different systems have been established to improve the information retrieval, notably search engines. While search engines are vital for the retrieval of information on the Web, they do not index websites equally and may not index new pages for months. This usually leads to a delay in the information retrieval whereas delayed indexing of scientific research is not desirable.

Reproducible Research Librum is especially designed to increase the visibility of your reproducible research compendia over Internet. Reproducible Research Librum is an open directory for reproducible research websites and compendia where you can find many RRC and simply add yours.

Our RR open directory is an in-depth approach providing a comprehensive human-edited and quality-controlled list of RR compendia and websites. This approach brings many advantages to both authors and readers some of which are listed here.

We believe that a multiplicity of open access reproducible research sites (i.e. personal or institutional websites and archives) will grow up around the world in a near future. That is why we provide a comprehensive and authoritative list for reproducible research.