Using code within your research

Research outputs can take many forms – whether this be an article, code, data, or graphs. At Taylor & Francis we want to bring all these crucial elements of research to the surface, making them transparent and visible within the article to enrich the reading experience, while ensuring results can be verified and reproduced, and that researchers are given credit for all their valuable outputs.

That’s why we’re partnering with Code Ocean in 2018 to help take Taylor & Francis articles to the next level, improving the openness and transparency of the underlying code and data associated with articles.

What is it?

Code Ocean is a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform that provides researchers and developers an easy way to share, discover, and run code. With Code Ocean, you can share your code to increase the visibility to your research, as well as to:

  • Get a DOI to receive citations for your code
  • Make it easier for other researchers to build on your code
  • Collaborate with colleagues using different programming languages
  • Save yourself future headaches by preserving your code on the web in its current state
  • Reproduce research results more easily than ever to ensure the accuracy of your research

Code Ocean allows readers to both access code and data directly within an article, and also run everything in the cloud, without downloading anything to their local computers.

How it works

You can use Code Ocean to upload your code and data, specifying the appropriate languages and dependencies to create an executable “compute capsule” that can reproduce your results. After you submit your code, the Code Ocean team will verify that everything works.

A compute capsule will get a DOI and be embedded within your article upon the manuscript’s publication, enabling readers to view and verify the article’s results. Code Ocean capsules can be freely edited, modified, or downloaded by readers for extension and reuse.

What to know

We’ll be rolling this out across 25 journals that are rich in code – sign up to our Insights alerts to find out what journals this applies to and when it will be available.

In the meantime

Authors can start using Code Ocean to share, discover and run code today. When depositing code in Code Ocean, previously published authors can provide a link to the DOI of the Taylor & Francis journal article associated with it. This will create a link from Code Ocean to the article, and a link from the article to Code Ocean (check out an example on Taylor & Francis Online here).

Once Code Ocean has been fully implemented, you’ll be able to add this link as part of the submission process – sign up to Insights for the latest updates on this.