RofASSS to encourage reproduction reports and reviews of old papers&books

Reproducing simulation models is essential for verifying them and critiquing them. This involves a lot more work than one would think (Axtell & al. 1996) and can reveal surprising flaws, even in the simplest of models (e.g. Edmonds & Hales 2003). Such reproduction is especially vital if the model outcomes are likely to affect people’s lives (Chattoe-Brown & al. 2021).

Whilst substantial pieces of work – where there is extensive analysis or extension – can be submitted to JASSS/CMOT, some such reports might be much simpler and not justify a full journal paper. Thus RofASSS has decided to encourage researchers to submit reports of reproductions here – however simple or complicated.

Similarly, JASSS, CMOT etc. do publish book reviews, but these tend to be of recent books. Although new books are of obvious interest to those at the cutting edge of research, it often happens that important papers & books are forgotten or overlooked. At RofASSS we would like to encourage reviews of any relevant book or paper, however old.


Axtell, R., Axelrod, R., Epstein, J. M., & Cohen, M. D. (1996). Aligning simulation models: A case study and results. Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, 1, 123-141. DOI: 10.1007/BF01299065

Edmonds, B., & Hales, D. (2003). Replication, replication and replication: Some hard lessons from model alignment. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 6(4), 11.

Chattoe-Brown, E. Gilbert, N., Robertson, D. A. & Watts, C. (2021) Reproduction as a Means of Evaluating Policy Models: A Case Study of a COVID-19 Simulation. medRxiv 2021.01.29.21250743; DOI: 10.1101/2021.01.29.21250743

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