Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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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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As rates of traditional sources of scientific funding decline, scientists have become increasingly interested in crowdfunding as a means of bringing in new money for research. In fields where crowdfunding has become a major venue for fundraising such as the arts...

["Science and Medical Education","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.393v2
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The role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in maintaining soil conditions and its resulting services is well established. Currently, over 1,000 articles per year are being published in peer-reviewed journals, and increasing at about 10% per year. It was not until the...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.366v1
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Motivation: In environmental risk assessment, information about potential health risks of chemicals released into the environment is compiled and distilled for use in informing public policy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produces Integrated Science...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Toxicology","Computational Science","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.300v1
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William Bateson’s background and training suggest sympathy with the black emancipation movement. Yet the movement’s success is attributed more to battles between political figures, than between scientists with contending views on the biology of racial differences....

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Ethical Issues","Legal Issues","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.294v1
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Heart rate variability (HRV) is the study of the beat‐to‐beat variability in the heart rate, which is a consequence of the immediate state of the autonomic nervous system. While it is a popular psychobiological technique, flexibility within analytical methods allows...

["Psychiatry and Psychology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.277v1
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Experimentation is fundamental to the scientific method, whether for exploration, description or explanation. In the exploration of a novel system, children and researchers alike will mess about with things just to see what happens. More formalized experimental...

["Computational Biology","Mathematical Biology","Cardiology","Translational Medicine","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.273v1
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Well-established scientists are expected to be more likely to have their work recognised than early-career individuals and thus receive more citations. Estimating the degree of inequality in citation counts in environmental sciences can help identify the dynamics...

["Ethical Issues","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.265v1
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Open science is increasingly gaining attention in recent years. In this mini-review, we briefly discuss and summarize the reasons of introducing open science into academic publications for scientists. We argue that open-source software (like R and Python software)...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Science","Legal Issues","Science and Medical Education","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.235v1
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The directed harvest and global trade in the gill plates of mantas, and other mobulid rays, has led to increased fishing pressure and steep population declines in some locations. The slow life history, particularly of the manta rays, is cited as a key reason why...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.162v1
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The 14th annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) was held in Berlin in July 2013, bringing together over 100 bioinformatics researchers, developers and users of open source software. Since its inception in 2000, BOSC has been organised as a Special...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Genomics","Computational Science","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.83v1
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Background. Provisioning is a growing practice used to facilitate wildlife-tourist interaction, especially with elusive marine species, but still little is known about its effect on the host species. This work discusses the practice, effect and proposed measures...

["Animal Behavior","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.69v1
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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are widely considered to be one of the best strategies available for protecting species diversity and ecosystem processes in marine environments, particularly in developing, tropical nations. While data on connectivity and genetic...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Marine Biology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.25v1
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