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ReproducibiliTea in the HumaniTeas

Come and discuss Open Science practices over a nice cup of tea.

The aim of the "ReprodubiliTea in the HumaniTeas" series is to create an informal meeting for humanities scholars at all career stages to learn about and discuss topics such as reproducibility, open science and good scientific practice. A recommended reading to stimulate discussion will be sent out before each session. Each session begins with a 20-30 minute introductory lecture/workshop. This is followed by a lively discussion to which everyone is invited to contribute.

  • Date: selected Mondays in the summer semester 16:00 - 17:30 CEST
  • Target group: Students, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, and anyone interested in humanities research
  • Language: English

The sessions take place in hybrid mode. We meet in room 4.006 in the University and City Library of Cologne (4th floor, entrance via Kerpener Str.) - that's also where tea and biscuits will be served.


Dates and topics in the summer semester 2024

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15 April 2024:
Mind your p-values! The pitfalls of statistical significance testing. Job Schepens (CRC 1252 "Prominence in Language")
Preparation: Simmons, J. P., Nelson, L. D., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-Positive Psychology: Undisclosed Flexibility in Data Collection and Analysis Allows Presenting Anything as Significant. Psychological Science, 22(11), 1359–1366.

29 April 2024:
Are most published research findings false? Do we have replication crisis in the humanities? Clara Stumm (Romanisches Seminar, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Preparation: Ioannidis JPA (2005). Why most published research findings are false. PLoS Med 2(8): e124.

27 May 2024:
Using Git for more than just code. Denis Arnold (University and City Library Cologne, C³RDM)
Preparation: The Turing Way Community. (2022). The Turing Way: A handbook for reproducible, ethical and collaborative research. Zenodo. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3233853. Chapter: Version Control

17 June 2024:
Questionable research practices (QRPs) in the humanities. Luke Plonsky (Department of English at Northern Arizona University)
Preparation: Plonsky, Luke, Dan Brown, Meishan Chen, Romy Ghanem, Maria Nelly Gutiérrez Arvizu, Daniel R. Isbell & Meixiu Zhang. 2024. “Significance sells”: Applied linguists’ views on questionable research practices. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 3(1). 100099.

1 July 2024:
What the preregistration?! What is preregistration and does it make sense in the humanities? Clare Patterson (CRC 1252 "Prominence in Language") & Petra Schumacher (IDSL I, CRC 1252 "Prominence in Language")
Preparation: Chambers, C. (2019). The Registered Reports Revolution Lessons in Cultural Reform, Significance, 16(4), 23–27,

15 July 2024:
Pick & Mix: The buffet approach to Open Science. Christina Bergmann (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Preparation: Kathawalla, U. K., Silverstein, P., & Syed, M. (2021). Easing into open science: A guide for graduate students and their advisors. Collabra: Psychology, 7(1).