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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.

Recent PLOS investigations
A survey of researchers’ code sharing and code reuse practices, and assessment of interactive notebook prototypes

An investigation of the importance of tasks associated with data sharing, and researchers’ satisfaction with their ability to complete these tasks.

ARTICLE
August 22 2022

PREPRINT
February 22 2021

Advancing code sharing in the computational biology community

Communicates the outcomes of PLOS Computational Biology’s open code-sharing policy after one year.

EDITORIAL
June 2 2022

DATASET
May 27 2022

CODE
May 27 2022

A survey of researchers’ code sharing and reuse practices

Explores the needs and habits of researchers in relation to code sharing and reuse, and gathers feedback on prototype code notebooks.

PREPRINT
March 2 2022

DATASET
February 3 2022

A survey of funders’ and institutions’ needs for understanding researchers open research practices

Reports on the challenges funders and institutions face when trying to monitor and evaluate researchers’ adherence to open data, code and software policies.

PREPRINT
September 30 2021

DATASET
September 27 2021

Researchers’ Goals When Assessing Credibility and Impact in Committees and in Their Own Work

Explores how researchers evaluate research outputs when conducting their own research and serving on committees for hiring and grant review.

PREPRINT
July 29 2021

Code Sharing Survey 2020 - PLOS Computational Biology

A survey designed to understand attitudes toward code sharing by the computational biology research community and related disciplines.

DATASET
March 20 2021

PREPRINT
April 28 2021

The MDAR (Materials Design Analysis Reporting) Framework for transparent reporting in the life sciences

Presents a new framework for transparent reporting and reports the results of pilot testing across a range of journals.

ARTICLE
April 27 2021

Evaluating equity in scholarly publishing

Reports the results of a 2018 survey measuring diversity and satisfaction in scholarly publishing.

ARTICLE
May 26 2020

Transparency in Authors’ Contributions and Responsibilities to Promote Integrity in Scientific Publication

Proposes changes to journal authorship policies and procedures to provide insight into which author is responsible for which contributions.

PREPRINT
May 20 2017

ARTICLE
March 13 2018

Watch this space for new writings and meta-research into scholarly communications and Open Science.
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