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Prof. Hicks Publishes Paper on Open Science and Environmental Public Health

September 15, 2021

Prof. Dan Hicks' paper "Open Science, the Replication Crisis, and Environmental Public Health" has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Accountability in Research. The paper examines the relationship between open science practices and ongoing concerns about the replicability of research across scientific fields, with a focus on these issues for the field of environmental public health. Prof. Hicks makes two arguments. First, there is little empirical evidence that the replication crisis extends to environmental public health, which tends to operate with different methods, datasets, and research questions compared to other areas of biomedical research. Second, open data and code — where researchers make the data and analysis software for their research publicly available — are unlikely to help address the replication crisis in fields where it is an issue.  The paper is available open access at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08989621.2021.1962713.