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Recognizing and marshalling the pre-publication error correction potential of open data for more reproducible science

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Fig. 1: Pre-publication and post-publication error correction potential of mandatory open data policies.


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We thank S. Salazar, D. Meuthen and R. Nagel for commenting on earlier versions of this manuscript. This contribution was inspired by discussions in the Stats Club of Bielefeld University’s Evolutionary Biology Group. This work was supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grants HO 5122/14–1, project number 454606304 (R.S.C.), TRR 212/2 2022, project number 396774617 (A.L.B) and HO 5122/18-1, project number 680350 (E.B.L.) awarded to J.I. Hoffman. M.C.S. was supported by the German Research Foundation through grant number WI1816/18-2 (FOR2432/2).

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R.S.C. and A.L.B. conceived the original idea. R.S.C. and A.L.B. took the lead in writing the first draft of the manuscript with substantial contributions from all authors (R.S.C., A.L.B., E.B.L., M.C.S. and T.S.). All authors (R.S.C., A.L.B., E.B.L., M.C.S. and T.S.) discussed the ideas and provided critical feedback on draft versions of the manuscript.

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Chen, R.S., Berthelsen, A.L., Lamartinière, E.B. et al. Recognizing and marshalling the pre-publication error correction potential of open data for more reproducible science. Nat Ecol Evol 7, 1597–1599 (2023).

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