A Decade of Replications: Lessons from the Quarterly Journal of Political Science

The Political Methodologist

Editor’s note: this piece is contributed by Nicholas Eubank, a PhD Candidate in Political Economy at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

The success of science depends critically on the ability of peers to interrogate published research in an effort not only to confirm its validity but also to extend its scope and probe its limitations. Yet as social science has become increasingly dependent on computational analyses, traditional means of ensuring the accessibility of research — like peer review of written academic publications — are no longer sufficient. To truly ensure the integrity of academic research moving forward, it is necessary that published papers be accompanied by the code used to generate results. This will allow other researchers to investigate not just whether a paper’s methods are theoretically sound, but also whether they have been properly implemented and are robust to alternative specifications.

Since its inception in 2005…

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