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A deafening silence: a lack of reproducibility in published bioacoustics research?

Submitted by edwbaker on Tue, 2019-05-28 21:54

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Biodioversity Data Journal, Issue e36783, p.1-8 (2019)



acoustic vouchers, bioacoustics, open data, reproducibility, sound libraries


A study of 100 papers from five journals that make use of bioacoustic recordings shows that only a minority (21%) deposit any of the recordings in a repository, supplementary materials section or a personal website. This lack of deposition hinders re-use of the raw data by other researchers, prevents the reproduction of a project's analyses and confirmation of its findings, and impedes progress within the broader bioacoustics community. We make some recommendations for researchers interested in depositing their data.


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