“Unofficial guidance on various topics by the AEA Data Editor”
These web pages provide unofficial and developing guidance on the implementation of the American Economic Association (AEA)’s Data and Code Availability Policy. We also provide links to generic guidance being developed by a loose collective (“guild”) of data editors and people in a similar role at various social science journals.
Order in which AEA authors should read these resources:
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Guidance on creating replicable data and program archives
How should researchers create replicable data and program archives? How should such archives be structured, how documented, and where should they be located?
Guidance on testing replicability of code
The code and data that have been archived should be reproducible and replicable. How do we test that?
- Generic guidance is provided at the Social Science Data Editors’ Guidance website.
- At the AEA,
- we use this template to guide our replicators.
- When we cannot access some part of the data and/or code ourselves, we may ask others to conduct a reproducibility exercise for us.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Start by consulting the FAQ on the AEA Website. This generally apply specifically to procedures at the AEA journals.
- AEA-specific updates and additions will first appear on this site
- More general questions will have answers at the Social Science Data Editors FAQ