This month we have invited Tracey Weissgerber from QUEST/BIH to give a talk titled "Taking shortcuts: great for travel, dangerous for writing reproducible methods sections"
This talk will focus on strategies for writing transparent and reproducible methods sections. We’ll also examine the following questions:
1. Why do authors use citations in the methods section of a paper?
2. How often do authors replace detailed descriptions of methods with “shortcut citations” to previous articles that used a similar method? What problems occur when readers consult shortcut citations to find methodological details?
3. How can we change journal policies to encourage transparent and reproducible reporting of methods?
Data shared during this talk are part of a study conducted by Berlin graduate students during a participant-guided, “learn by doing” meta-research course.