Issues in Reproducibility
Reproducibility is a hotly debated topic among scientists and philosophers alike, who still disagree both on the actual scope of the problem (is there a “reproducibility crisis” at all?) and its causes. While there is a general agreement that some disciplines such as cancer research or psychology are affected more than others such as physics and chemistry, the nature of the problem and its possible solutions are still matters of controversy. Unresolved questions, for example, are whether irreproducibility is rather rooted in the inherent characteristics and methodological limitations of various disciplines, the overall scientific environment and practices (incentivization etc.), or other determinants, which can all be detrimental to sound and reproducible research.
During his stay at CPNSS, Petr Jedlička will further develop these topics and share his findings from his project on objectivity, which employed mixed methods, such as conceptual analysis, interviews, surveys, and experiments, for the investigation of the academic community involving more than a thousand Czech scientists.