Associate Professor Victoria Stodden has been invited to serve on the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Coordinating Committee. The twenty-member committee, representing a diverse group of stakeholders across disciplines, encourages adoption and implementation of TOP guidelines through education, communication, and outreach.
Published in Science in 2015, TOP guidelines provide a framework for journals and professional associations that wish to increase and promote transparency in their publications. The guidelines are community-driven and are followed by more than 700 journals and 60 organizations.
Scientists recognize the importance of transparency, openness, and reproducibility in communicating their research. The eight standards in the TOP guidelines move scientific communication to greater openness. Two standards reward researchers for efforts spent engaging in open practices, including citation standards and data transparency. Four standards deal with how research is reproduced and evaluated, in terms of analytic methods, research materials, data sharing, and design. The last two standards address preregistration, the recording of a study in a public registry.
To permit diversity in implementation strategies, three levels are assigned to each standard, with increasing expectations for published materials. Journals select which of the eight standards they wish to adopt as well as the level of implementation for each standard.
"I'm delighted to serve on the TOP coordinating committee. These standards arose from a community effort and are truly transformational in addressing transparency and openness in the publication of findings that rely on data and computation," said Stodden.
Stodden is a leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, exploring how we can better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. She co-chairs the NSF Advisory Committee for CyberInfrastructure and is a member of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee. She also serves on the National Academies Committee on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process.
Stodden holds affiliate appointments at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NSCA), College of Law, Department of Statistics, and Department of Computer Science. She earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master's degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.