Publishing reproducible dynamic kinetic models

Brief Bioinform. 2021 May 20;22(3):bbaa152. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbaa152.


Publishing repeatable and reproducible computational models is a crucial aspect of the scientific method in computational biology and one that is often forgotten in the rush to publish. The pressures of academic life and the lack of any reward system at institutions, granting agencies and journals means that publishing reproducible science is often either non-existent or, at best, presented in the form of an incomplete description. In the article, we will focus on repeatability and reproducibility in the systems biology field where a great many published models cannot be reproduced and in many cases even repeated. This review describes the current landscape of software tooling, model repositories, model standards and best practices for publishing repeatable and reproducible kinetic models. The review also discusses possible future remedies including working more closely with journals to help reviewers and editors ensure that published kinetic models are at minimum, repeatable. Contact:

Keywords: SBML; kinetic modeling; reproducibility; standards; systems biology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology*
  • Kinetics
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Publishing*
  • Systems Biology*