New Publication - Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field

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17 Jan 2018
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Dear LDIG Members,
Happy new year to all! We have a few pieces of LDIG-related news to share.
First, we would like to draw your attention to a new publication that was
part of the founding motivation for setting up the Linguistics Data
Interest group.
*Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data
citation and attribution in our field*
The abstract is below. The article is Open Access, so please share with
your networks and cite in your data training and publications.
This paper is a position statement on reproducible research in linguistics,
including data citation and attribution, that represents the collective
views of some 41 colleagues. Reproducibility can play a key role in
increasing verification and accountability in linguistic research, and is a
hallmark of social science research that is currently under-represented in
our field. We believe that we need to take time as a discipline to clearly
articulate our expectations for how linguistic data are managed, cited, and
maintained for long-term access.
*Share and Endorse the Austin Principles*
If you haven't had the chance, please share the Austin Principles of Data
Citation with your research groups, students, publications and archives ( and endorse the principles (
*LDIG in 2018*
The Linguistics Data Interest Group will spend 2018 promoting the Austin
Principles and helping to drive the conversation about the role of data in
linguistics. We plan to attend both RDA Plenaries ( and will use the opportunity to
start working towards *data citation formats*. This will work best if you
bring your colleagues, publishers and grants bodies into the conversation.
If you have your own linguistics data aims, the group can also help you
work with the right people on them.
Many thanks for your continued participation in LDIG.
All the best,
Helene Andreassen
Andrea Berez-Kroeker
Lauren Gawne
LDIG co-Chairs

  • Koenraad De Smedt's picture

    Author: Koenraad De Smedt

    Date: 17 Jan, 2018

    Dear Andrea and LDIG colleagues,
    Thanks for sharing this publication.
    In 2017 I was a committee member for a linguistics PhD thesis which heavily relied on data collected by the PhD candidate, and I was shocked to find that the candidate was not willing to share the data with the committee. The candidate had made agreements that allowed access to the data only for himself and his supervisors, and kept to this standpoint even if the national board advised that the data be shared after anonymization.
    Earlier, in 2012, I was asked to be a committee member for a master’s thesis which again strongly relied on collected data. In this case it was not the student, but the university in question which decided that it is normal for master’s theses not to include data, that theses should be evaluated without access to the data, and that it is not appropriate to require data from the candidate. This was university policy!
    In conclusion, I propose the following, in addition to the proposals in the paper:
    - All master’s programs, PhD level courses and researcher training should point out the importance of sharing data and should teach mechanisms for doing so.
    - Universities should refuse theses without the necessary data to ensure verification and reproduceability.
    - Otherwise, committee members should agree to evaluate theses that do not meet data access requirements but should then consider stating in their review that the thesis does not meet minimal requirements.
    A proposal similar to the latter item has been formulated for reviewing of publications ( )
    Best regards
    Koenraad De Smedt

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