ReproducibiliTea journal clubs help early career researchers build a local community of ECRs interested in open and reproducible research. It can be very isolating to be one of the few within a research group, or department, that are actively engaged or interested in improving research practices. ReproducibiliTea helps researchers who want to change this.
We all know how horrible it can be to jump through annoying administrative hurdles or dodge financial barriers to ultimately try to make a positive change. Setting up a ReproducibiliTea Journal Club is easy, free and does not need any admin approval. In a ReproducibiliTea Journal Club, papers are selected that are broadly relevant to the replication crisis and scientific improvements. The journal club is advertised around the department or university, raising awareness of reproducibility and Open Science in the process. The chosen papers are then discussed during regular journal club meetings, often over cups of tea, lunch or snacks.
The ReproducibiliTea Journal Club has proven to be a success in Oxford, where it was founded in spring 2018 by Sophia Crüwell, Amy Orben, and Sam Parsons (then Masters student, PhD student, and early postdoc respectively). Since then, it has received widespread international recognition. There are now 138 other ReproducibiliTea Journal Clubs, with more joining at an increasingly faster rate.
The ReproducibiliTea parent organisation is run by a Steering Committee of ECR volunteers:
- Sam Parsons @Sam_D_Parsons (Co-founder, Chair)
- Sophia Crüwell @cruwelli (Co-founder)
- Matt Jaquiery @MJaquiery
- Alexa von Hagen @alexavonhagen
- Jan Vornhagen @VornhagenJB
- William Ngiam @will_ngiam
The Steering Committee alumni act as an Advisory Board who can be consulted when necessary. The Advisory Board are:
Not ready to start your own journal club, but interested in Open Science and want to learn more? ReproducibiliTea Co-Founders Sam, Sophia and Amy also regularly resease ReproducibiliTea podcast episodes that highlight the great work of early career researchers in Open Science. To listen in, check out the podcast webpage .