Reproducible research

Research Areas

Reproducible research

Replication of results is a central tenet of science; the idea that a meaningful result should be able to be replicated, and that publication should describe it in enough detail for this to be possible, motivates a large part of the basic activity of science.

We use an approach that integrates established software engineering tools to produce complete reference environments for computational biology research, containing all software and configuration necessary to reproduce computational results in a language-independent manner.

Our approach is the first to use a single ‘recipe’ (specification) which produces the same scientific research environment on a desktop computer or in a cloud computing service, while ensuring minimal additional workload for researchers.

Importantly, results presented with our framework are easily reproduced by reviewers and extended by readers, without the need to install or configure additional software and ensuring robustness against future changes in technology. For more information see the guide to reference environments here