Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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Using the term "Open data" has become a bit of a fashion, but using it without clear specifications is misleading i.e. it can be considered just an empty phrase. Probably even worse is the term "Open Science" — can science be NOT open at all? Are we reinventing...

["Ethical Issues","Legal Issues","Science Policy","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27127v2
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The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) issued a Decision that makes the use of externally applied double-stranded (ds)RNA molecules on eukaryotic cells or organisms technically out of scope of legislation on new organisms, because in its view...

["Biodiversity","Biotechnology","Molecular Biology","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27108v1
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Authorship of publications is the main way scientists received credit for their academic research. But as scientific research projects have become larger and more collaborative, the number of contributors has increased, and so has the potential for disputes over...

["Ethical Issues","Legal Issues","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26987v1
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The access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of marine genetic resources (MGRs) within national jurisdiction have received very little interest among scholars and in international discussions. This may seem somewhat surprising given the fact that the vast majority of MGRs...

["Biotechnology","Marine Biology","Legal Issues","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26781v1
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Marine biodiversity is today under a lot of pressure: climate change, IUU Fishing and marine pollution. The need to ensure adequate governance of this milieu within national jurisdiction has always been difficult due to the transboundary nature of this biodiversity...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26718v1
26,830 downloads
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The website Sci-Hub enables users to download PDF versions of scholarly articles, including many articles that are paywalled at their journal’s site. Sci-Hub has grown rapidly since its creation in 2011, but the extent of its coverage was unclear. Here we report...

["Bioinformatics","Legal Issues","Science and Medical Education","Statistics","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3100v3
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Blockchain technology can be utilized to improve gun control without changing existing laws. Firearm related mortality is at epidemic levels in the United States and not only has a significant impact upon public health, it also creates a large financial burden....

["Health Policy","Public Health","Legal Issues","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3407v1
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Despite growing interest in Open Access (OA) to scholarly literature, there is an unmet need for large-scale, up-to-date, and reproducible studies assessing the prevalence and characteristics of OA. We address this need using oaDOI, an open online service that...

["Legal Issues","Science Policy","Data Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3119v1
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The search for a universal definition of death is a relatively new objective in human history, framed by complex biological, technological, and socio-political factors. While it is widely understood that “life” and “death” describe inverse states of being, what...

["Health Policy","Neurology","Ethical Issues","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2890v1
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Research collaborations are hampered by copyright law. While these laws are aimed at solving sustainability of writing and later other creative processes, and nowadays knowledge too, the make it harder in a time where research is funded with on temporary projects....

["Bioinformatics","Ethical Issues","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2753v1
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Advancement of modern biotechnology has wide impact on various industries. Modern biotechnology in the past has gone unregulated but the responsible use of biotechnology is the main focus worldwide. The most important living modified organisms (LMOs) regulatory...

["Biodiversity","Biotechnology","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2569v1
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Resolving ethical and legal concerns is a time consuming but rarely insurmountable task when obtaining samples from biobanks. The BBMRI-LPC project has throughout its lifetime resolved numerous such issues and intense communication between involved researchers...

["Genomics","Ethical Issues","Legal Issues","Science and Medical Education","Medical Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2091v2
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Nearly ninety percent of allegations of biomedical research misconduct in the United States are dismissed by responsible institutions without any faculty assessment or auditable record. Recently, members of the U.S. Congress have complained that the penalties for...

["Ethical Issues","Legal Issues","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1577v4
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Aim: The etiology of pregnancy denial remains poorly understood. Neither necessary nor sufficient conditions can be synthesized from the risk factors identified from psychological analyses. In accordance with clinical observations, we aim to explain denial of pregnancy...

["Evolutionary Studies","Gynecology and Obstetrics","Psychiatry and Psychology","Women's Health","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1853v1
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Solving an environmental problem requires stakeholder understanding and agreement. What appears to be simple problems to define become complex when data determine outcomes. This paper will describe the seven step decision logic developed for and used by US EPA...

["Environmental Sciences","Legal Issues","Science and Medical Education","Science Policy","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1648v1
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