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How to Fix Science's Code Problem
Despite increasingly strict journal policies requiring the release of computational code files along with research papers, many scientists remain reluctant to share—underscoring the need for better solutions.
How to Fix Science's Code Problem
How to Fix Science's Code Problem

Despite increasingly strict journal policies requiring the release of computational code files along with research papers, many scientists remain reluctant to share—underscoring the need for better solutions.

Despite increasingly strict journal policies requiring the release of computational code files along with research papers, many scientists remain reluctant to share—underscoring the need for better solutions.

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Munich Court Ruling Sides with Elsevier, ACS over ResearchGate
Jef Akst | Mar 7, 2022
The academic networking service ResearchGate was infringing on copyrights held by scientific publishers when it hosted manuscripts from their journals, the European court said, but the website will not have to pay damages.
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Most Medical Papers Didn’t Disclose Industry Payments: Preprint
Natalia Mesa | Jan 24, 2022
Authors of papers published in JAMA and NEJM received millions in undisclosed payments in 2017, an analysis finds.
The Community-Wide Effort to Standardize QA/QC for Metabolomics and Lipidomics
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Perspectives on the basics and future of QA/QC
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Introducing TS Digest
Bob Grant | Dec 6, 2021
The Scientist is embarking on a new publishing journey, and you, dear reader, are invited to join.
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Opinion: The Problem with Preprints
Michael Mullins | Nov 1, 2021
Preprints can be valuable additions to the scientific literature. But we must start seeing them as perishable commodities rather than akin to peer-reviewed, published studies.
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Revealing Peer Reviewer Identities Could Introduce Bias: Study
Chloe Tenn | Oct 27, 2021
An analysis finds that reviewers are more likely to choose to be de-anonymized when their reviews are positive, suggesting instituting a fully open process might discourage negative feedback.
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A Surge in Pandemic Research Shines a Spotlight on Preprints
Diana Kwon | Sep 10, 2021
Many scientists have turned to preprints to rapidly disseminate their research on COVID-19, but some disagree with this approach.
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When Researchers Sound the Alarm on Problematic Papers
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2021
Finding and reporting an irregularity in a published study can lead people down an unexpected path.
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As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 3, 2021
The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.
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Survey Finds Lack of Diversity Among Journal Editors
Jef Akst | Jun 14, 2021
Collecting data on the various races, sexual orientations, and gender identities of editors at 25 scientific and medical journals, researchers document the underrepresentation of minority groups.
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Researcher Sanctioned by PNAS for Not Sharing Alga
Catherine Offord | Jun 9, 2021
Zhangfeng Hu will be unable to submit manuscripts for three years after having violated the journal’s policy about making study materials available to other scientists.
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Howard Bauchner Leaves JAMA Following Podcast Fallout
Amanda Heidt | Jun 2, 2021
The editor-in-chief will step down this month following the release of a podcast in February that suggested systemic racism does not exist in medicine.
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MDAR Framework Aims to Standardize Reporting in Life Sciences
Shawna Williams | May 7, 2021
Malcolm Macleod, who helped develop these best practices, tells The Scientist how the new guidelines for manuscript publishing seek to support a push for transparent and thorough sharing of methods and data.
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Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 7, 2021
Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.
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Frontiers Pulls Special COVID-19 Issue After Content Dispute
Catherine Offord | Apr 28, 2021
The issue’s guest editors resign after falling out with the publisher over the management of papers, including a rejected manuscript on ivermectin, that were submitted for a special issue on drug repurposing for COVID-19.
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Opinion: The Rise of Preprints Is No Cause for Alarm
Jonny Coates | Apr 14, 2021
At a time of fast-paced science and rampant misinformation, can we trust the non–peer-reviewed literature?
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Top JAMA Editor on Leave in Fallout Over Racism Podcast
Shawna Williams | Mar 26, 2021
The move follows widespread criticism of the episode and its promotion, and the resignation of the podcast’s host.
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Opinion: Preprints in the Public Eye
Jigisha Patel | Mar 18, 2021
ASAPbio has developed resources for preprint servers, institutions, scientists, and journalists to promote the responsible reporting of research in the media.
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University of California and Elsevier Forge Open-Access Deal
Diana Kwon | Mar 18, 2021
The agreement comes two years after the university system cut ties with the publisher after failing to come to an agreement.