9.401 | Fall 2022 | Graduate

Tools for Robust Science

Week 11 Tool: Citation Audits for Papers and Syllabi

The Tool

Practical skills assignment

  1. Do a diversity audit for the syllabus of this class, This is a machine-readable bibliography of the main texts [TXT], and for a bibliography in a paper by you or from your lab.  One option for code and instructions is here (you may need this template file [TEX] as well because it checks it against a manuscript) or another version is here.
  2. Suggest one replacement for an assigned reading or resource that would increase the diversity of authors in this class’s syllabus in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, geography, or institution, e.g. researchers working in the global south or at HBCUs (Historically black colleges and universities).
  3. Find a paper you could cite in your next paper, that is topically relevant and would increase the diversity of authors in your bibliography, by gender, race/ethnicity, geography, or institution. 
  4. Read PANNING pdf, practice at least one of the ’engaging skills’ at the end of the pdf, in a meeting, class, or on Twitter etc. PANNING Excercise (PDF) on pp 3-4. 
  5. Look into the DEI work that MIT and BCS are doing, by looking at the BCS DEIJ website, the School of Science website, the ICEO website, and/or the institutional research dashboard.  Did you find anything surprising? Programs or resources you wish more people knew about? Anything that should be there but isn’t?

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2022
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments