Overcoming objections to open-source social science

Jeremy Freese*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Commentators appreciate the benefits of developing improved standards for replicating quantitative results in sociology. Nonetheless, reservations remain, and the author addresses several of them and explains why improved replication standards do not endanger participant confidentiality, do not undermine incentives for collecting data, do not need to wait for greater standardization of data formats, need not require that editors assign a reviewer to actually replicate results, and do not diminish methodological diversity in any positive sense. The author concludes by encouraging sociologists to find a way of moving beyond intermittent discussions of replication standards to collective action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-226
Number of pages7
JournalSociological Methods and Research
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

Keywords

  • Data archiving
  • Data sharing
  • Replication
  • Transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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