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  • Investigating the replicability of preclinical cancer biology

    Authors: Timothy M Errington, Maya Mathur, Courtney K Soderberg, Alexandria Denis, Nicole Perfito, Elizabeth Iorns, Brian A Nosek
    DOI: 10.7554/eLife.71601
    Submitted by samuelpawel      

    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    This papers represents an important milestone in meta-science, as it is one of the first large-scale replication projects outside the social sciences.

  • Laser-assisted propagation of a relativistic electron bunch in air

    Authors: R M G M Trines, A P L Robinson, J R Wilkinson, J N Kirk, D S Hills, R M Deas, S Morris, T Goffrey, K Bennett, T D Arber
    DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/ac0b9d
    Submitted by Stuart_Morris      

    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    Most electron beam physics is considered in the context of a vacuum, but there are applications to long-range electron beam transmission in air. As particle acceleration sources become more compact, we may have the chance to take particle beams out to the real world. The example provided in the paper describes that of x-ray backscatter detectors, where significantly stronger signals could be achieved by scanning objects with electron beams. This paper forms the basis for a potential new mode of particle-beam research, and it is important to ensure the reproducibility of this work for groups who wish to explore the applications of this new technology.

  • Encapsulated Nanowires: Boosting Electronic Transport in Carbon Nanotubes

    Authors: Andrij Vasylenko, Jamie Wynn, Paulo Medeiros, Andrew J Morris, Jeremy Sloan, David Quigley
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.121408
    Submitted by dquigley      
      Mean reproducibility score:   5.0/10   |   Number of reviews:   2
    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    DFT calculations are in principle reproducible between different codes, but differences can arise due to poor choice of convergence tolerances, inappropriate use of pseudopotentials and other numerical considerations. An independent validation of the key quantities needed to compute electrical conductivity would be valuable. In this case we have published our input files for calculating the four quantities needed to parametrise the transport simulations from which we compute the electrical conductivity. These are specifically electronic band structure, phonon dispersions, electron-phonon coupling constants and third derivatives of the force constants. Each in turn in more sensitive to convergence tolerances than the last, and it is the final quantity on which the conclusions of the paper critically depend. Reference output data is provided for comparison at the data URL below. We note that the pristine CNT results (dark red line) in figure 3 are an independent reproduction of earlier work and so we are confident the Boltzmann transport simulations are reproducible. The calculated inputs to these from DFT (in the case of Be encapsulation) have not been independently reproduced to our knowledge.

  • Where should new parkrun events be located? Modelling the potential impact of 200 new events on socio-economic inequalities in access and participation

    Authors: Schneider PP, Smith RA, Bullas AM, Bayley T, Haake SS, Brennan A, Goyder E
    Submitted by hub-admin    
      Mean reproducibility score:   7.0/10   |   Number of reviews:   3
    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    If all went right, the analysis should be fully reproducible without the need to make any adjustments. The paper aims to find optimal locations for new parkruns, but we were not 100% sure how 'optimal' should be defined. We provide a few examples, but the code was meant to be flexible enough to allow potential decision makers to specify their own, alternative objectives. The spatial data set is also quite interesting and fun to play around with. Cave: The full analysis takes a while to run (~30+ min) and might require >= 8gb ram.

  • Explicit (but not implicit) environmentalist identity predicts pro-environmental behavior and policy preferences

    Authors: Brick, C., & Lai, C. K.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.07.003
    Submitted by hub-admin    
      Mean reproducibility score:   6.0/10   |   Number of reviews:   1
    Why should we attempt to reproduce this paper?

    The results of the individual studies (4) could be interpreted in support for the hypothesis, but the meta-analysis suggested that implicit identification was not a useful predictor overall. This conclusion is an important goalpost for future work.