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Data Sharing Across the Disciplines, Revisited: Academic Journals and Replication Policies. An Emperical Study

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Rob O'Reilly
Emory University

Academics in the social sciences have long argued for increased sharing of research data as a means of increasing transparency and methodological rigor (see, for instance, the symposium on “Data Collection and Collaboration” in PS: Political Science & Politics 43:1: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1049096510990586). One oft-proposed means for encouraging data sharing is for academic journals for academic journals to encourage or require authors to make data publicly available as part of the publication process. But to what extent have journals heeded the call for replication policies? This presentation will re-visit prior work, presented at IASSIST 2009, that compared journals in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology in terms of presence or absence of policies requiring authors to make data available for replication purposes. Using updated data on a larger sample of journals, we will examine both the extent to which journals are adopting replication policies and whether such adoption varies across disciplines.

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