University of Minnesota School of Public Health assistant professor Dr. Julian Wolfson was named an associate editor for reproducibility for the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA). The appointment is in support of the journal’s new requirement that authors submit scientific code and data for review along with their papers.
[Photo: Dr. Julian Wolfson]
The journal said it is adding the editors and requirement to ensure the reproducibility of scientific results reported in its studies. The move follows similar action recently taken by many medical journals.
“Reproducibility is a hot topic and there’s been a lot of back-and-forth about it among clinical trials and open-science researchers,” said Dr. Wolfson, who has extensive experience in statistical programming.
JASA said the code and data from published studies will be offered mainly through its website, and the aim of the review work by Dr. Wolfson and the editorial team is to assess the information’s availability, quality, and potential usability for people wanting to reproduce research.