Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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Data are the foundation of empirical research, yet all too often the datasets underlying published papers are unavailable, incorrect, or poorly curated. This is a serious issue, because future researchers are then unable to validate published results or reuse data...

["Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.832v1
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Despite the increasing availability of chemicals, the number of New Drug Approvals (NDA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains unchanged. The number of chemical structures available online via web-based open source applications will reach the symbolic...

["Bioinformatics","Public Health","Translational Medicine","Science Policy","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.813v1
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We have investigated the relationship between research group size and productivity in the life sciences in the United Kingdom using data from 398 principle investigators (PIs). We show that the number of publications increases linearly with group size, but that...

["Science and Medical Education","Science Policy","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.812v1
267 downloads
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Background: Open access (OA) journals disseminate research papers free of charge to the reader. Traditionally, biomedical researchers use databases like MEDLINE and EMBASE to discover new advances. However, biomedical OA journals might not fulfil such databases’...

["Science and Medical Education","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.717v1
263 downloads
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This article outlines a protocol for a systematic review into consumer attitudes, beliefs and perceived ethical obligations towards farm animal welfare, utilizing both the Theory of Reasoned Action and the Theory of Planned Behavior. A number of secondary objectives...

["Agricultural Science","Food Science and Technology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.676v1
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This article outlines a protocol for a meta-analysis into willingness-to-pay (WTP) for farm animal welfare. The analysis seeks to establish the public's WTP for farm animal welfare and whether there is evidence to support niche markets for products produced to...

["Agricultural Science","Food Science and Technology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.675v1
27,561 downloads
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It is known that statistically significant (positive) results are more likely to be published than non-significant (negative) results. However, it has been unclear whether any increasing prevalence of positive results is stronger in the “softer” disciplines (social...

["Science Policy","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.447v4
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Each year, over 45 countries export 30 million fish from coral reefs as part of the global marine ornamental aquarium trade. This catch volume is affected by collection methods that cause mortality. Barotrauma caused by forced ascent of collected fish from depth...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.591v1
851 downloads
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The field of ecology is poised to take advantage of emerging technologies that facilitate the gathering, analyzing, and sharing of data, methods, and results. The concept of transparency at all stages of the research process, coupled with free and open access to...

["Ecology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.549v1
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Personal impact factors (e.g., the h-index) are becoming more and more important in evaluations of faculty with respect to job hiring, promotion, and tenure, but they are largely poorly understood by the community at large. The purpose of this study is to educate...

["Science Policy","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.477v1
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Despite women earning similar numbers of graduate degrees as men in STEM disciplines, they are underrepresented in upper level positions in both academia and industry. Editorial board memberships are an important example of such positions; membership is both a...

["Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.369v3
661 downloads
1,527 views

Journal title abbreviations in articles’ lists of citations are troublesome for authors, editors, librarians, and researchers. While the origin of these abbreviations in the mid-17th century, and their propagation to modern times was likely the result of a desire...

["Ecology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.445v1
1,216 downloads
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Indo-Pacific lionfish have invaded large parts of the western Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and have already caused measurable declines in native Atlantic reef fauna. Culling efforts are occurring across the region, particularly on coral reefs, to reduce...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.398v1
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Published discussions on data stewardship often focus on standardized datasets whose reuse patterns are known. Improvements in stewardship of animal behavior data are virtually absent and lag behind other disciplines such as molecular biology and systematics. In...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.396v1
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Importance sampling is widely used in coalescent theory to compute data likelihood. Efficient importance sampling requires a trial distribution close to the target distribution of the genealogies conditioned on the data. Moreover, an efficient proposal requires...

["Computational Biology","Genetics","Mathematical Biology","Science Policy","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.395v1
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