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Beyond advertising: New infrastructures for publishing integrated research objects

Elizabeth DuPre, Chris Holdgraf, Agah Karakuzu, Loïc Tetrel, Pierre Bellec, Nikola Stikov and Jean-Baptiste Poline

Article (2022)

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Moving beyond static text and illustrations is a central challenge for scientific publishing in the 21st century. As early as 1995, Donoho and Buckheit paraphrased John Claerbout that “an article about [a] computational result is advertising, not scholarship. The actual scholarship is the full software environment, code and data, that produced the result” [1]. Awareness of this problem has only grown over the last 25 years; nonetheless, scientific publishing infrastructures remain remarkably resistant to change [2]. Even as these infrastructures have largely stagnated, the internet has ushered in a transition “from the wet lab to the web lab” [3]. New expectations have emerged in this shift, but these expectations must play against the reality of currently available infrastructures and associated sociological pressures. Here, we compare current scientific publishing norms against those associated with online content more broadly, and we argue that meeting the “Claerbout challenge” of providing the full software environment, code, and data supporting a scientific result will require open infrastructure development to create environments for authoring, reviewing, and accessing interactive research objects.

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Advertising; Biomedical Research; Computational Biology; Data Curation; Humans; Internet; Publishing;

Subjects: 2500 Electrical and electronic engineering > 2500 Electrical and electronic engineering
Department: Department of Electrical Engineering
Research Center: NeuroPoly - Laboratoire de Recherche en Neuroimagerie
Funders: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health, Canada First Research Excellence Fund, awarded to McGill University for the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative and the Brain Canada Foundation with support from Health Canada (NeuroHub, Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform)
Grant number: (NIH) NIH-NIBIB P41 EB019936 (ReproNim), NIH-NIMH R01 MH083320 (CANDIShare), NIH RF1 MH120021 (NIDM), R01MH096906 (Neurosynth)
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/51280/
Journal Title: PLOS Computational Biology (vol. 18, no. 1)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009651
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009651
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 14:58
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 12:18
Cite in APA 7: DuPre, E., Holdgraf, C., Karakuzu, A., Tetrel, L., Bellec, P., Stikov, N., & Poline, J.-B. (2022). Beyond advertising: New infrastructures for publishing integrated research objects. PLOS Computational Biology, 18(1), e1009651 (7 pages). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009651


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