Reproducible Science is good. Replicated Science is better.
ReScience is a peer-reviewed journal that targets computational research and encourages the explicit replication of already published research, promoting new and open-source implementations in order to ensure that the original research is reproducible.
To achieve this goal, the whole publishing chain is radically different from other traditional scientific journals. ReScience lives on GitHub where each new implementation of a computational study is made available together with comments, explanations and tests. Each submission takes the form of a pull request that is publicly reviewed and tested in order to guarantee that any researcher can re-use it. If you ever replicated computational results from the literature in your research, ReScience is the perfect place to publish your new implementation.
You can help by becoming a reviewer
ReScience is slowly gaining momentum and we currently have 4 submissions to review. If you’re interested in helping ReScience and reproducibility, you can become a reviewer. What you need is a github account, a one line description of your expertise (see the Board for some examples) and to tell us you’re interested such that we can add you to the board. You can also follow the submission repository and propose your help whenever a submission falls into your expertise domain.
New year, new challenges ahead
Even though open and reproducible science is gaining fast ground, there still exists a large number of published computational researches that are just awaiting replication. Why not pick your favorite paper and try to replicate it ? If you’re interested in this specific paper, chances are that your replication will also be interesting for a lot of researchers.
ReScience: A Scientific Journal Living on Github
LabCritics kindly made a post introducing ReScience and explaining its goals: “Computational research is set to get new open source journal solely for publishing implementations of algorithms and codes already published. Termed ReScience (Replicated Science – I guess [note: yes]), the journal uses and exists solely on Github, a popular Web-based Git repository service, offering all of the distributed revision control and source code management functionality of Git.”
It’s our great pleasure to announce the creation of ReScience which is a peer-reviewed journal that targets computational research and encourages the explicit replication of already published research, promoting new and open-source implementations in order to ensure that the original research is reproducible.
Review process test is over
We’ve been testing the review process with Tiziano Zito (editor), Benoît Girard (reviewer) and Mehdi Khamassi (reviewer). They helped smoothing the whole process and we’re ready for mass production! But let’s wait for a second review…