Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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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
202 downloads
342 views

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
27,545 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
523 downloads
456 views

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
845 downloads
2,682 views

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
420 downloads
1,336 views

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
230 downloads
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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
631 downloads
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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
1,201 downloads
1,837 views

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
395 downloads
688 views

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
118 downloads
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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
3,186 downloads
4,450 views

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
670 downloads
794 views

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
267 downloads
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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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