Three years after the first special issue on reproducible research, Computing in Science and Engineering published another special issue this month. The material for this issue comes from the 2011 AMP workshop Reproducible Research: Tools and Strategies for Scientific Computing organized by Randy Leveque, Ian Mitchell, and Victoria Stodden. In an editorial paper, the workshop organizers write:
The principal goal of these discussions and workshops is to develop publication standards akin to both the proof in mathematics and the deductive sciences, and the detailed descriptive protocols in the empirical sciences (the methods section of a paper describing the mechanics of the controlled experiment and hypothesis test). Computational science is only a few decades old and must develop similar standards, so that other researchers in the field can independently verify published results.