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      The case for open computer programs.

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          Abstract

          Scientific communication relies on evidence that cannot be entirely included in publications, but the rise of computational science has added a new layer of inaccessibility. Although it is now accepted that data should be made available on request, the current regulations regarding the availability of software are inconsistent. We argue that, with some exceptions, anything less than the release of source programs is intolerable for results that depend on computation. The vagaries of hardware, software and natural language will always ensure that exact reproducibility remains uncertain, but withholding code increases the chances that efforts to reproduce results will fail.

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          Journal
          Nature
          Nature
          Springer Science and Business Media LLC
          1476-4687
          0028-0836
          Feb 22 2012
          : 482
          : 7386
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Computing Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK. d.c.ince@open.ac.uk
          Article
          nature10836
          10.1038/nature10836
          22358837
          1e8045ab-b2bd-4880-8ee2-eb077c2880ab
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