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  • Measuring the impact of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on vaccination intent in the UK and USA

    Authors: Sahil Loomba, Alexandre de Figueiredo, Simon J. Piatek, Kristen de Graaf, Heidi J. Larson
    DOI: 10.1038/s41562-021-01056-1
    Submitted by samuelpawel      
      Mean reproducibility score:   8.0/10   |   Number of reviews:   2
    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper provided important evidence regarding the effect of misinformation on vaccination intent. Its analyses and conclusions were extremely important for decision makers. Therefore, it is also important that the analyses are reproducible.

  • Highly efficient conversion of laser energy to hard X-rays in high intensity laser-solid simulations

    Authors: S. Morris, A. Robinson, C. Ridgers
    DOI: 10.1063/5.0055398
    Submitted by Stuart_Morris      

    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    There are many applications to multi-MeV X-rays. Their penetrative properties make them good for scanning dense objects for industry, and their ionising properties can destroy tumours in radiotherapy. They are also around the energy of nuclear transitions, so they can trigger nuclear reactions to break down nuclear waste into medical isotopes, or to reveal smuggled nuclear-materials for port security. Laser-driven X-ray generation offers a compact and efficient way to create a bright source of X-rays, without having to construct a large synchrotron. To fully utilise this capability, work on optimising the target design and understanding the underlying X-ray mechanisms are essential. The hybrid-PIC code is in a unique position to model the full interaction, so its ease-of-use and reproducibility are crucial for this field to develop.

  • pyKNEEr: An image analysis workflow for open and reproducible research on femoral knee cartilage

    Authors: Bonaretti S, Gold GE, Beaupre GS
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226501
    Submitted by hub-admin    
      Mean reproducibility score:   6.5/10   |   Number of reviews:   2
    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    The paper describes pyKNEEr, a python package for open and reproducible research on femoral knee cartilage using Jupyter notebooks as a user interface. I created this paper with the specific intent to make both the workflows it describes and the paper itself open and reproducible, following guidelines from authorities in the field. Therefore, two things in the paper can be reproduced: 1) workflow results: Table 2 contains links to all the Jupyter notebooks used to calculate the results. Computations are long and might require a server, so if you want to run them locally, I recommend using only 2 or 3 images as inputs for the computations. Also, the paper should be sufficient, but if you need further introductory info, there are a documentation website: https://sbonaretti.github.io/pyKNEEr/ and a "how to" video: https://youtu.be/7WPf5KFtYi8 2) paper graphs: In the captions of figures 1, 4, and 5 you can find links to data repository, code (a Jupyter notebook), and the computational environment (binder) to fully reproduce the graph. These computations can be easily run locally and require a few seconds. All Jupyter notebooks automatically download data from Zenodo and provide dependencies, which should make reproducibility easier.

  • Determination of the fundamental absorption and optical bandgap of dielectric thin films from single optical transmittance measurements

    Authors: A. Tejada, L. MontaƱez, C. Torres, P. Llontop, L. Flores-Escalante, F. De Zela, A. Winnacker, and J. A. Guerra
    Submitted by hub-admin    

    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    We propose a simple method to retrieve optical constants from single optical transmittance measurements, in particular in the fundamental absorption region. The construction of needed envelopes is arbitrary and will depend on the user. However, the method should still be robust and deliver similar results.

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