Research transparency covers how we ensure our research is responsible, reproducible, open and evidence-based.
UCL is committed to transparency and rigour in research across all disciplines, and to continue to improve the ways in which we conduct research. This is part of our broader commitment to responsible and open research, as set out in UCL’s Research Strategy and webpages on research integrity.
UCL Statement on Transparency in Research
UCL has developed a Statement on Transparency in Research, which sets out the expectations we have for researchers relating to transparency and reproducibility at UCL.
We recognise that behaviours in support of transparency vary considerably across disciplines and methodologies, and expect researchers to adopt those actions most appropriate to their field. This will usually include making research open and, in relevant contexts, taking actions to support reproducibility.
We are conscious that data protection requirements, in particular under the General Data Protection Regulation, must be considered alongside efforts to promote open data. We will seek to ensure that UCL policies on these respective topics are coordinated and in alignment.
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Why are we addressing ‘transparency’ as a whole, rather than ‘reproducibility’ on its own?
While reproducibility is crucial in certain research contexts, including quantitative and experimental sciences, it is less relevant to certain other disciplines and methodologies. To ensure our work is inclusive and sensitive to disciplinary variations, we are promoting reproducibility alongside open research and other relevant initiatives, in the context of our broader commitment to transparency in all of our research.
We are currently developing training opportunities at UCL to support transparency; these will be listed here in due course. They will also be highlighted in the UCL research transparency mailing list.
Summary of initiatives that support reproducibility – from the ‘manifesto for reproducible science’ by Munafò et al. (2017)
- Further UCL resources and information
- External resources and information
- Aczel et al. 2019: A consensus-based transparency checklist (social and behavioural research)