I am a PhD student at the Max Planck institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, in the department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture. I work on the life-history of parent-offspring conflict in humans. My work mainly consists in applying population models to genealogical, life-history and environmental data, and examining various socioecological patterns in relation to family. I find these data on public archives such as kinsources or familinx (data publication is therefore very important for me), or I ask for data from other researchers. The tool I use the most is currently R Markdown. I found it very user friendly. RMarkdown helps me first of all reporting to my supervisors. I can in fact supplement a code with a narration, to build a final report (in html, pdf, Word, slide show or Github document) and, together with my supervisors, I can run and update the code in a dynamic way. I can therefore have more easily a feedback from supervisors for both writing and data analysis. Also, it is easier for me to reinterpret, rerun and change the code.
In addition to being a simple way to get feedback from my supervisors and to go back to my own work, RMarkdown could also be for me a first step towards building a research network and doing reproducible research. For these broader purposes, I am starting to connect RMarkdown with other tools, for instance Github, that might allow me to cooperate with other people and to have a better control of the different versions of my analysis. The version control provided by platforms such as Github could also lead to more flexibility, in case I want to change my research plan. The only downside is that it might take a little while to implement it.
As for the publishing process, I am looking with lot of interest at peer rewiewers’ communities, such as Peer Community In, where I could submit my preprints and have it reviewed before or instead publication in journals.

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