Research by PLOS
Investigating questions surrounding Open Science and scholarly communications with a view to building better solutions
Our mission is to help lead a transformation in research communication. Success relies in part on developing a deeper understanding of our scholarly publishing system, and the factors that shape it, so we can better understand community needs, motivations, and behaviors.
Like the researchers who publish in our journals, PLOS prioritizes openness by posting, publishing and depositing the results of our scholarly communications investigations. Below are the outcomes from recent studies.
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Open Science Practices
Open Science Indicators
Open Science Indicators are a large public dataset that uses Natural Language Processing to identify and measure Open Science practices, both at PLOS, and in the literature more broadly. The dataset begins in January 2019, and is updated quarterly.
Data from Dryad Integration and Accessible Data surveys
Beruria Novich, Lauren Cadwallader, James Harney
May 9 2023
Promoting Reusable and Open Methods and Protocols (PRO-MaP): Draft Recommendations to Improve Methodological Clarity in Life Sciences Publications
Sofia B. Leite, Matthew Brooke, Annamaria Carusi, Andy Collings, Pierre Deceuninck, et al
June 13 2023
The MDAR (Materials Design Analysis Reporting) Framework for transparent reporting in the life sciences
Malcolm Macleod, Andrew M. Collings, Chris Graf, Veronique Kiermer, David Mellor, et al
April 27 2021
Open Research Culture
Researchers’ Goals When Assessing Credibility and Impact in Committees and in Their Own Work
James Harney, Louise Mayville, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Veronique Kiermer
July 29 2021
Evaluating equity in scholarly publishing
Simone Taylor, Susan Spilka, Kristen Monahan, Isabel Mulhern, Jeri Wachter
May 26 2020