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SSRP Forum Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct outlines expected behaviors for all Social Science Reproduction Platform (SSRP) users in the Forum and aims to create and maintain an environment of collaboration and mutual respect where diverse users may share ideas and learn from each other.

All SSRP users, including those posting anonymously, have the right to a harassment-free experience, regardless of their gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, age, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof), nationality, education, career stage, discipline, or socioeconomic status. We also expect that all users, including those posting anonymously, will help us uphold the principles outlined below.

Below you can find a summary of the SSRP principles for constructive communication and corresponding examples. Read the full version here.

Dos and Don'ts


Example of helpful posts or behavior

Example of unhelpful posts or behavior

Keep your posts meaningful, concise and specific.

✔ Post is titled: “Question about identifying a claim in [paper X].”

✔ Asking for the analysis_data01.csv file necessary to reproduce Table 1 in [paper X].

✗ Post is titled: “Problems with [paper X].”

✗ Asking for reproduction package for [paper X].

Focus on ideas and contributions rather than people.

Statements like:

✔ We successfully reproduced Table 1 from analytic data, but failed to reproduce Table 2”.

✔ Your revised reproduction package could benefit from including guidance on how to access administrative data, if possible.”

Statements like:

✗ “[paper X] isn’t reproducible.”

✗ “Your reproduction package is useless. How am I supposed to know what data to use?”

Be civil and respectful towards other SSRP users and original authors.

✔ Maintaining a professional and respectful tone in all your posts.

✗ Using abusive, vulgar, hateful, or discriminatory language.

✗ All forms of harassment, bullying, impersonation, or exposing others’ private information.

✗ Posting obscene or sexually explicit content.

Try to place your posts under the relevant category and tag them accordingly.

✔ Posting questions about specific reproductions under the “Reproductions” category.

✔ Posting tips for how to use GitHub under the “Tips for Reproducibility” category.

✗ Posting general feedback for the SSRP or bug reports under the “Reproductions” category instead of the “Help” category.

✗ Posting general GitHub tips under the “Reproductions” category.

✗ Starting a discussion on unrelated topic Y on a thread about topic X.

Cite and handle others’ work appropriately.

✔ Sharing a URL to a journal article, especially an open access version.

✔ Including an acknowledgment and full citation of the original reproduction that you cloned for your reproduction.

✗ Posting a .pdf of a journal article.

✗ Failing to acknowledge that your reproduction was cloned off of someone else’s work.

Reporting and Enforcement

Please help moderators maintain a collaborative and respectful environment by flagging posts that violate the principles outlined above. Rather than replying to an abusive post, please flag it. If the matter is urgent, please contact

Moderators will carefully examine each case of alleged misconduct and may select one of the following sanctions:

  • Warning: For most first-time misconduct, moderators will remove the abusive content and send a warning.
  • Account Suspension: For repetitive misconduct or behavior containing harassment, bigotry, or abuse, moderators will impose a temporary suspension (one day or more, depending on the violation).
  • Account Expulsion: Moderators will expel people who display a pattern of harmful or destructive behavior toward our community.


Please contact with any questions or suggestions to improve this Code of Conduct. Thank you for helping make the SSRP an environment of collaboration and mutual respect!

The SSRP is managed by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), which is an initiative of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), headquartered at UC Berkeley. Visit CEGA’s website for more information about our mission, values, and statement on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.