Funder data sharing policies

Funder data sharing policies

As well as journals, funders (NIH, STFC, NERC, Wellcome Trust, et al.) are also starting to implement mandatory data sharing policies [1], with applicants being asked to disclose their data management plans (with obvious implications if they have no such plan [or a weak plan] in place). In 2013, it was announced that all US […]

Publisher data sharing policies

Publisher data sharing policies

Many journals (PLOS One, Nature, The Royal Society, et al.) now have mandatory data sharing policies. This means that researchers must make their datasets publicly available, whereby readers can “reach the conclusions drawn in the manuscript” and “replicate the reported study findings in their entirety.” [1]. Datasets can be made publicly available in three ways: In the […]

Verb tenses in scientific manuscripts

scientific manuscript

A key aspect of producing a well-written scientific manuscript worthy of publication is the use of appropriate verb tenses in the different sections of the manuscript. Here, we discuss when/where/how to use the different verb tenses. Examples of the verb tenses used in two well-written published papers can be found here and here. Title: Titles are […]

Reproducibility and data repositories

data repository

Reproducibility and data repositories The scientific method is founded on confirming results through repeat experiments. By replicating the results of a study, researchers can confidently claim the results are a true effect, rather than an anomaly. Even better than this, is the replication of results by independent researchers. Better again, is the replication of results […]

Don’t fall prey to “predatory” journals

predatory journals

What are predatory journals? Predatory journals are profiteering “individuals or companies”, who use the open-access publishing system to exploit authors, by charging them article processing fees without providing the high quality editorial services associated with legitimate journals [1]. How prevalent are they? Predatory journals are on the rise; their publication volumes increased “from 53,000 in […]