Journal for Reproducibility in Neuroscience



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Granger, S. (2020). How research reproducibility challenges librarians’ skill sets. A French librarian’s perspective. Journal for Reproducibility in Neuroscience, 2, 1450.


Reproducible research requires to dive into a wide range of subjects (e.g.: statistics, study design, scientific computing) that are quite far from French librarians practices and/or initial training. Librarians do have a technical expertise, but horror stories pinpoint that even seasoned experts seem to lose track. In such context, what could be the added value of librarians?


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