Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research: A new open science textbook

July 24, 2019

A new book on Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research: How to Do Open Science has just been published by former BIDS Data Science Fellow Garret Christensen, Jeremy Freese, and Director of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and BIDS Senior Fellow Ted Miguel.  This is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive introduction to open science tools and methods, and the authors lay out both the threats to scientific credibility, as well as real-world actions researchers can take to combat them. It is intended to be a useful teaching resource for social science courses at both the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels, as well as a roadmap for researchers (both novice and experienced) unsure of where to start. You can read the first chapter here, outlining the authors’ impetus for writing the book.

About the book: Recently, social science has had numerous episodes of influential research that was found invalid when placed under rigorous scrutiny. The growing sense that many published results are potentially erroneous has made those conducting social science research more determined to ensure the underlying research is sound.  Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research is the first book to summarize and synthesize new approaches to combat false positives and non-reproducible findings in social science research, document the underlying problems in research practices, and teach a new generation of students and scholars how to overcome them. Understanding that social science research has real consequences for individuals when used by professionals in public policy, health, law enforcement, and other fields, the book crystallizes new insights, practices, and methods that help ensure greater research transparency, openness, and reproducibility. Readers are guided through well-known problems and are encouraged to work through new solutions and practices to improve the openness of their research. Created with both experienced and novice researchers in mind, Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research serves as an indispensable resource for the production of high quality social science research.

For more information, read the official book announcement, here: 
Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research: A new open science textbook
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Featured Fellows

Garret Christensen

Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)

Edward Miguel

Economics, BITSS, CEGA, UC Berkeley
Alumni - Senior Fellow