This article presents some good ideas. One is that universities have data management plan requirements, but there is no apparent evidence of ensuring compliance. The pandemic served to demonstrate the power and public benefit of open practices. This approach should be continued, which will require tangible incentives and resourcing.
Recent concerns about the reproducibility of science have led to several calls for more open and transparent research practices and for the monitoring of potential improvements over time. However, with tens of thousands of new biomedical articles published per week, manually mapping and monitoring changes in transparency is unrealistic. We present an open-source, automated approach to identify 5 indicators of transparency (data sharing, code sharing, conflicts of interest disclosures, funding disclosures, and protocol registration) and apply it across the entire open access biomedical literature of 2.75 million articles on PubMed Central (PMC). Our results indicate remarkable improvements in some (e.g., conflict of interest [COI] disclosures and funding disclosures), but not other (e.g., protocol registration and code sharing) areas of transparency over time, and map transparency across fields of science, countries, journals, and publishers. This work has enabled the creation of a large, integrated, and openly available database to expedite further efforts to monitor, understand, and promote transparency and reproducibility in science.
Serghiou, S., Contopoulos-Ioannidis, DG., Boyack, KW., Riedel, N., Wallach, JD. & Ioannidis, JPA. (2021) Assessment of transparency indicators across the biomedical literature: How open is open? PLoS Biol 19(3): e3001107. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001107
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