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Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative

1 Mnemosyne - Mnemonic Synergy
2 CBM - Centre de biophysique moléculaire
3 Department of Electronic Systems - Aalborg University
4 WSU - Washington State University
5 UC Davis - University of California [Davis]
6 ULB - Université libre de Bruxelles
7 LIUM - Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'Université du Mans
8 ENP - Ecole des Neurosciences de Paris Île de France
9 CBS - Centre de Biochimie Structurale [Montpellier]
10 L2S - Laboratoire des signaux et systèmes
11 University of Southampton
12 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Humboldt University Of Berlin
13 SBRI - Institut cellule souche et cerveau
14 LPPA - Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l'Action
15 ISIR - Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique
17 University of Oxford
18 UCL - University College of London [London]
19 iMM - Instituto de Medicina Molecular
20 KT - Knowledge Technology group [Hamburg]
21 UNIL - Université de Lausanne = University of Lausanne
22 ISIR - Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique
23 NCIS - National Coalition of Independent Scholar
24 FMI - Finnish Meteorological Institute
25 VU - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam [Amsterdam]
26 Department of Biology [Charleston]
27 UZH - Universität Zürich [Zürich] = University of Zurich
28 INM-1 - Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine [Jülich]
29 UdeM - Université de Montréal
30 LBNL - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [Berkeley]
31 Department of Biology [Stanford]
32 Department of Psychology
33 CISA - Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
34 University of Ottawa [Ottawa]
35 Michigan State University [East Lansing]
36 Institut de la Vision
37 IEC - Labex Institut d'étude de la cognition
38 MPI - Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine [Göttingen]
39 SIERRA - Statistical Machine Learning and Parsimony
40 Chemnitz University of Technology / Technische Universität Chemnitz
41 Grinnell College
42 LULI - Laboratoire pour l'utilisation des lasers intenses
43 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen = Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen
Nicolas P. Rougier
Konrad Hinsen
Frédéric Alexandre
Cyrille Rossant
Anya Vostinar
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Computer science offers a large set of tools for prototyping, writing, running, testing, validating, sharing and reproducing results, however computational science lags behind. In the best case, authors may provide their source code as a compressed archive and they may feel confident their research is reproducible. But this is not exactly true. James Buckheit and David Donoho proposed more than two decades ago that an article about computational results is advertising, not scholarship. The actual scholarship is the full software environment, code, and data that produced the result. This implies new workflows, in particular in peer-reviews. Existing journals have been slow to adapt: source codes are rarely requested, hardly ever actually executed to check that they produce the results advertised in the article. 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 can be replicated from its description. To achieve this goal, the whole publishing chain is radically different from other traditional scientific journals. ReScience resides on GitHub where each new implementation of a computational study is made available together with comments, explanations, and software tests.
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Nicolas P. Rougier, Konrad Hinsen, Frédéric Alexandre, Thomas Arildsen, Lorena Barba, et al.. Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative. PeerJ Computer Science, 2017, 3, pp.e142. ⟨10.7717/peerj-cs.142⟩. ⟨hal-01592078⟩
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