Operationalizing the Replication Standard

A Case Study of the Data Curation and Verificaiton Workflow for Scholarly Journals

  • Thu-Mai Lewis Christian Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3658-9692
  • Sophia Lafferty-Hess Duke University
  • William G Jacoby Michigan State University
  • Thomas Carsey University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


In response to widespread concerns about the integrity of research published in scholarly journals, several initiatives have emerged that are promoting research transparency through access to data underlying published scientific findings. Journal editors, in particular, have made a commitment to research transparency by issuing data policies that require authors to submit their data, code, and documentation to data repositories to allow for public access to the data. In the case of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) Data Replication Policy, the data also must undergo an independent verification process in which materials are reviewed for quality as a condition of final manuscript publication and acceptance.

Aware of the specialized expertise of the data archives, AJPS called upon the Odum Institute Data Archive to provide a data review service that performs data curation and verification of replication datasets. This article presents a case study of the collaboration between AJPS and the Odum Institute Data Archive to develop a workflow that bridges manuscript publication and data review processes. The case study describes the challenges and the successes of the workflow integration, and offers lessons learned that may be applied by other data archives that are considering expanding their services to include data curation and verification services to support reproducible research.