Prizes for Reproducibility in Audio and Music Research

To promote the development and release of sustainable and reusable software associated with published research, the SoundSoftware project will be awarding a number of “Reproducible Research Prizes”.

If you have published your software or datasets as part of your audio or music research output, so that other UK researchers can reproduce your results, you could win a prize!



  1. Journal paper: New submission
  2. Conference paper: New submission
  3. Journal paper: Already published
  4. Conference paper: Already published


Researchers would be expected to be members of the audio or music research community in UK institutions eligible for EPSRC support.

Non-UK researchers will be considered if there is a strong case that the research software is of significant benefit to the UK audio and music research community.


Prizes awarded vary and will depend on the type of work and affiliation of entrants, but will consist of one of the following:

  • Article Processing Charge (APC) to make your paper open access;
  • Travel bursary of up to £1000 towards the cost of presenting the work at a relevant conference or workshop;
  • For non-UK researchers, travel bursary to visit a UK institution;
  • Alternatives of comparable value as appropriate.

In addition, entrants may be invited to present their work at a SoundSoftware workshop.

How to enter

Send the following information by email to with the subject "RR Prize: [Title of work]":

  • Name and affiliation of entrant;
  • Title and description of the work;
  • URL of a web page giving links to paper, software, and any data, with instructions on how to reproduce the result in the paper;
  • A supporting statement on how this research software has enabled or will enable high quality research in the UK audio and music research community;
  • Details of steps taken, and current plans, to ensure sustainability of the software for future researchers.


Next deadline will be the 19 May 2013.


The entries will be considered by a panel of advisors to the SoundSoftware project. The panel will consider a range of factors including:

  • Ease of reproducibility of the results
  • Quality of sustainability planning
  • Potential to enable high quality research in the UK audio and music research community.


  • While we encourage fully open access and open source submissions, research that can reasonably be reproduced by other audio or music researchers using common non-open tools or data is also acceptable (e.g. using Matlab or the RWC dataset).
  • If no submissions of suitable quality are received for a particular category, that prize may not be awarded.
  • For a useful online software sustainability tool, see

For further advice or assistance contact the SoundSoftware project at