17  Next Steps

For a scientific report to be completely credible, it must be reproducible. The full computational environment used to derive the results, including the data and code used for statistical analysis should be available for others to reproduce. quarto is a tool that allows you integrate your code, text and figures in a single file in order to make high quality, reproducible reports. A paper published with an included quarto file and data sets can be reproduced by anyone with a computer.

So now you’ve got a handle on rmarkdown, what are some of the other things to think about learning? Here are some of my recommendations.

17.1 Learn how to use git and github

git is a version control system. Not sure what a version control system is? No worries, let me explain. If you’ve ever named a document something like:

Final 2
Really final

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Or even if you have something like:

  • 2018-10-10-document.Rmd
  • 2018-10-11-document.Rmd

These are ways of managing which version you have