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F1000 Announces Data-Plotting Tool

Faculty of 1000 (F1000) launched a beta version of its data-plotting tool for the F1000Research open access life sciences journal. Referees and readers can now visualize and manipulate the raw data in the journal’s articles using an instant first-pass view of the datasets.

Anyone publishing an article in F1000Research is required to make research data publicly available with the article. F1000’s new tool helps streamline the data peer-review process, which was previously too time-consuming to undertake.

The tool allows users to analyze and interpret all articles’ supporting data using a CSV (comma separated values) file to plot results in a scatter plot graph, with the ability to view outliers and correlations in the data that authors may have missed and to verify that authors’ conclusions align with the raw data.

“We hope it will be particularly helpful for referees to quickly assess the underlying data and spot any obvious flaws in the data itself, or in the conclusions drawn. Readers and referees can then download their version of the data plot and share it with others,” says Rebecca Lawrence, Ph.D. and managing director at F1000Research.

F1000 asks that the scientific community offer feedback on the tool, demonstrations of which are currently accessible for the datasets of two articles on Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Faculty of 1000

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