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Political Analysis Dataverse by Jonathan N. Katz


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Jonathan Katz discussed the use of Dataverse as the central replication archive for all articled published in Political Analysis, the journal of the Society for Political Methodology, that he he co-edits. The journal requires all published articles to provide code and data to replicate their results in the journal’s data archive.

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Political Analysis Dataverse by Jonathan N. Katz

  1. 1. Political Analysis Dataverse Dataverse Community Meeting 2015 Jonathan N. Katz Co-Editor-in-Chief, Political Analysis
  2. 2. Overview of Political Analysis • Political Analysis is the official journal of the Society for Political Methodology • We publish articles that provide original and significant advances in the general area of political methodology, including both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. • Editor-in-Chief:
 R. Michael Alvarez and 
 Jonathan N. Katz 2
  3. 3. History of Replication at Political Analysis • 2000 to 2010: The journal essentially had a voluntary data accessibility and replication policy. • 2010 to 2012: Authors were suppose to provide a DOI for their data, but there was no independent verification. • 2012 to Present: Authors are required to upload their data and code to the journal’s Dataverse before any accepted article can be moved to production and these materials’ DOI must cited in the manuscript’s references. A research assistant and an editor verify the replication materials. 3
  4. 4. Political Analysis Dataverse 4 • Since mandating replication we have had 100% compliance. • Currently, there are 241 replication datasets in our Dataverse. • These materials have been downloaded more than 15,000 times.
  5. 5. Issues with Replication at Political Analysis • As noted, no author has refused to provide replication materials. • We occasionally find missing files or unnecessary personal identifying information in datasets in our review. These are typically easily fixed. • Central problem is that replication review happens outside of our journal management system, ScholarOne. This makes it more time consuming and error prone. • OUP, our publisher, and ScholarOne are working with us on implementing access Dataverse via the API. 5