We recommend that you use "Replication data for:" only when you have sufficient data documentation that facilitate others to replicate your experiments to derive the same findings as reported in your journal paper. Otherwise, please use “Related data for: [journal article’s title]”.

As described in Replication Guidelines in Dataverse Project website, sufficient data documentation is characterized as lists of code, scripts, documents and data files that are needed in order to make replication possible. Examples are:

  • For Astronomy/Astrophysics: FITS files with image metadata stored in a human-readable ASCII header.
  • For the Social Sciences: Original SPSS, STATA, R files, csv, xslx, etc with variable names and description.
  • Sets of computer program recodes (if needed).
  • Program commands, code or script for analysis (if needed).
  • Extracts of existing publicly available data (or very clear directions for how to obtain exactly the same ones you used).
  • Documentation files (full set of supporting documentation)
    • “readme” file (explanatory document on how to use the files to replicate the study)
    • Text/pdf file of the article (if no subscription required).
    • Include a list of links to software or newly generated software used to replicate the data (see Gary King’s website for examples).
    • Codebook
    • Data collection instruments
    • Summary statistics
    • Project summaries
    • Bibliographies of publications pertaining to the data



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