Open science in action: an anecdote

Peter Suber verweist auf Ivan Baxter, Open science helps reviewers!, Ionomics Blog, April 3, 2009 und dortige Kommentare. Peer-Reviewer von Plos Genetics hatten in den „Rohdaten“ der Autoren weitere „Entdeckungen“ gemacht und ihnen zur Verfügung gestellt:

Ivan Baxter: 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! 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 author’s own dataset!