PLOS Open Science Indicators
This dataset contains article metadata and information about Open Science Indicators for approximately 61,000 research articles published in PLOS from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2022 and a set of approximately 6,500 comparator articles published in non-PLOS journals. This is the first release of this dataset, which will be updated with new versions as newly published content is analysed.
This version of the Open Science Indicators dataset focuses on detection of three Open Science practices by analysing the XML of published research articles:
- Sharing of research data, in particular data shared in data repositories
- Sharing of code
- Posting of preprints
The dataset provides data and code generation and sharing rates, the location of shared data and code (whether in Supporting Information or in an online repository). It also provides preprint sharing rates as well as details of the shared preprint, such as publication date, URL and preprint server used. Additional data fields are also provided for each article analysed, such as geographic information (‘Country’) and research topics (‘Discipline’).
Further information on the methods used to collect and analyse the data can be found in OSI-Methods-Statement_v1_Dec22.pdf with accompanying information in OSI-Column-Descriptions_v1_Dec22.pdf and OSI-Repository-List_v1_Dec22.xlsx. Further information on the principles and requirements for developing Open Science Indicators is available in https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.21640889.
The data files PLOS-Dataset_v1_Dec22.csv and Comparator-Dataset_v1_Dec22.csv contain
- descriptive metadata, e.g. article title, publication data, author countries, is taken from the article .xml files
- additional information around the Open Science Indicators derived algorithmically, using Natural Language Processing.
The OSI-Summary-statistics_v1_Dec22.xlsx file contains the summary data for both PLOS-Dataset_v1_Dec22.csv and Comparator-Dataset_v1_Dec22.csv used in https://theplosblog.plos.org/2022/12/open-science-indicators-first-dataset.
Contact details for further information:
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Director, Open Research Solutions, PLOS, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Lauren Cadwallader, Open Research Manager, PLOS, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Thanks to Allegra Pearce and Tim Vines of DataSeer for contributing to data acquisition and supporting information.