May 18, 2022

New Research Article: “Research Data in Core Journals in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics”

Recently published in PLOS One.


Research Data in Core Journals in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics


Ryan P. Womack
Rutgers University


DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143460


This study takes a stratified random sample of articles published in 2014 from the top 10 journals in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, as ranked by impact factor. Sampled articles were examined for their reporting of original data or reuse of prior data, and were coded for whether the data was publicly shared or otherwise made available to readers. Other characteristics such as the sharing of software code used for analysis and use of data citation and DOIs for data were examined. The study finds that data sharing practices are still relatively rare in these disciplines’ top journals, but that the disciplines have markedly different practices. Biology top journals share original data at the highest rate, and physics top journals share at the lowest rate. Overall, the study finds that within the top journals, only 13% of articles with original data published in 2014 make the data available to others.

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UPDATE: Coverage: Many researchers don’t share their raw data like they’re supposed to (via DailyDot)

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