Last year, NISO published its Recommended Practice on Reproducibility Badging & Definitions (NISO RP-31-2021). Reproducibility is the practice of validating prior research through the sharing of data and methods, and for several years now, stakeholders across the scholarly research community—researchers, funding agencies, learned societies, and publishers—have discussed ways to transform the publishing of research results from narratives to actionable research tools.
Critical to the topic are the definitions used to define the various levels of reproducibility, and agreement on a standardized badging scheme that can be applied in the publishing process (and perhaps used as a currency in the academic rewards culture). As publishers and researchers begin to implement reproducibility practices, recognition and reward schemes and the related taxonomies are developing on an ad hoc basis, creating a need for some standardization.
The NISO RP is an effort to develop common recognition practices, vocabulary, and iconography used to facilitate the sharing of data and methods.
NISO Badging Standing Committee chair Gerry Grenier will join us to discuss the design and application of the recommendations, and the plans that the Standing Committee is forming for its support.