September 23, 2021

Research Preprint: “Reproducibility of COVID-19 Pre-Prints”

The article (preprint) linked below was recently shared on arXiv.

Title

Reproducibility of COVID-19 Pre-Prints

Authors

Annie Collins
University of Toronto

Rohan Alexander
University of Toronto

Source

via arXiv
arXiv:2107.10724

Abstract

To examine the reproducibility of COVID-19 research, we create a dataset of pre-prints posted to arXiv, bioRxiv, medRxiv, and SocArXiv between 28 January 2020 and 30 June 2021 that are related to COVID-19. We extract the text from these pre-prints and parse them looking for keyword markers signalling the availability of the data and code underpinning the pre-print.

Source: arXiv:2107.10724

For the pre-prints that are in our sample, we are unable to find markers of either open data or open code for 75 per cent of those on arXiv, 67 per cent of those on bioRxiv, 79 per cent of those on medRxiv, and 85 per cent of those on SocArXiv. We conclude that there may be value in having authors categorize the degree of openness of their pre-print as part of the pre-print submissions process, and more broadly, there is a need to better integrate open science training into a wide range of fields.

Direct to Full Text Article (July 22, 2021)
14 pages; PDF.

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