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PeerJ. 2018 Jul 13;6:e5072. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5072. eCollection 2018.

Reproducible research and GIScience: an evaluation using AGILE conference papers.

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Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Münster, Germany.
Institute of New Imaging Technologies, Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Castellón, Spain.
Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.


The demand for reproducible research is on the rise in disciplines concerned with data analysis and computational methods. Therefore, we reviewed current recommendations for reproducible research and translated them into criteria for assessing the reproducibility of articles in the field of geographic information science (GIScience). Using this criteria, we assessed a sample of GIScience studies from the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) conference series, and we collected feedback about the assessment from the study authors. Results from the author feedback indicate that although authors support the concept of performing reproducible research, the incentives for doing this in practice are too small. Therefore, we propose concrete actions for individual researchers and the GIScience conference series to improve transparency and reproducibility. For example, to support researchers in producing reproducible work, the GIScience conference series could offer awards and paper badges, provide author guidelines for computational research, and publish articles in Open Access formats.


AGILE; Data science; GIScience; Open access; Open science; Reproducible conference publications; Reproducible research

Conflict of interest statement

Barbara Hofer is a member of the AGILE council (

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