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Research Project: Effects of Agricultural Water Management and Land Use Practices on Regional Water Quality

Location: Contaminant Fate and Transport Research

Title: Reproducible research in vadose zone sciences

Author
item Skaggs, Todd
item Young, M - University Of Texas
item Vrugt, J - University Of California

Submitted to: Vadose Zone Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/15/2015
Publication Date: 10/12/2015
Citation: Skaggs, T.H., Young, M.H., Vrugt, J.A. 2015. Reproducible research in vadose zone sciences. Vadose Zone Journal. doi: 10.2136/vz2015.06.0088.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: A significant portion of present-day soil and Earth science research is computational, involving complex data analysis pipelines, advanced mathematical and statistical models, and sophisticated computer codes. Opportunities for scientific progress are greatly diminished if reproducing and building on published research is difficult or impossible due to the complexity of these computational systems. Vadose Zone Journal is launching a Reproducible Research program in which code and data underlying a research article will be published alongside the article, thereby enabling readers to analyze data in a manner similar to that presented in the article, and to build on results in future research and applications. In this article, we discuss reproducible research, its background and use across other disciplines, its value to the scientific community, and its implementation in Vadose Zone Journal.