Does transparency commitment #2 on reproducible scripts require use of open source software (e.g., R)?
Many signatories already use R (or other open source software) for data analysis and reproducible scripts. But this is it not a requirement of the commitment. Hence, SPSS syntax, for example, is OK.
The 12 points of the commitment come as a bundle. If you sign the commitment on this webpage, you should agree and comply to all 12 points.
There are, however, two ways to alter the commitment:
- “Sign-and-extend”: If you agree and comply to the 12 points of the commitment but want to add other points, you can sign the commitment and add additional aspects to your personal commitment (for an example, see Jim Grange’s blog post, who added an additional point about pre-prints).
- “Modify to a personalized commitment”: The commitment is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. That means, you can copy, share, or adapt the text of the commitment as long as you cite the original authors and link back to the original commitment. You can use our commitment as starting point and craft your personal commitment on a transparency level that you feel comfortable with. If you remove points from the commitment, however, you should not sign on this website and not use the blue badge.
Additionally, if you want to suggest a change in the wording of the “official” commitment, or suggest an additional point, feel free to write an email to email@example.com.
No. The commitment states “from the day of signature on“.
Of course it would be helpful to prepare old data sets and to release them as well (and some of us have started to do so), but it is not a requirement of the commitment.