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Monday, April 13, 2009

Open science in action: an anecdote

Ivan Baxter, Open science helps reviewers!, Ionomics Blog, April 3, 2009.

We just got the reviews back from PLoS Genetics for our esb1 paper. There were many constructive suggestions and helpful suggestions, which is what we have come to expect from PLoS Genetics (and why we submit many of our manuscripts there).

One of the reviewers actually came to Piims and retrieved some of the data that went into the paper to make the point that we should comment on the Mg effect of the mutation. Specifically, the reviewer pointed out that the mutation doesn't affect Mg, even though it affects Ca. They even included a figure of the data! ...

Just another reason to put all your data out there. We thank the reviewer for the helpful suggestions. ...

See also comments by Richard Gayle:

... Because the data are open, the reviewer could go into the database and determine for themselves what the effect really was. They were so intrigued that they actually created a graph to send to the authors.

I think this is the first time I have actually read of a reviewer providing data to the authors from the authorís own dataset!