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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

How does Open Science build TRUST?

Ensure your research is more trusted, read and shared

Researchers are increasingly using Open Science to demonstrate the validity and rigor of their science by sharing methods, materials, data, code, peer reviews, and other artifacts of the investigatory and editorial processes.

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Researchers like you are going the extra mile to demonstrate the validity and rigor of your science by sharing methods, materials, data, code, peer reviews, and other artifacts of the investigatory and editorial processes.

Earn Trust in your research with Open Science practices

Discover the Open Science programs that increase reproducibility, highlight quality, and increase trust in published research.

Publicly available data contextualizes results, facilitates reproducibility, and demonstrates integrity. Data repositories enhance those benefits by making data more discoverable and citable.

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Traditional research article methods sections often lack the specific details necessary to reproduce the work.

Enhanced methods documentation such as preregistered study designs, protocols, and open code improve reproducibility and increase efficiency, while practicing transparency helps to increase confidence in researchers and the public alike.

The materials are just as important to ensuring reproducibility and earning trust as the procedures and analytical tools used in a study.

In the life sciences, the MDAR checklist provides a framework for capturing and reporting these details consistently and effectively.

Peer reviews, editorial decision letters, and authors’ responses to reviewers lend insight into the peer review process, putting results in context, and highlighting the rigor of the editorial assessment each article has undergone prior to publication.

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When independent research groups achieve similar results in parallel, the second study is sometimes considered “scooped.”

Authors may find it difficult to publish in a selective journal or simply shelve their article. But in fact, complementary studies can validate and reinforce one another. For that reason, both deserve a place in the scientific record.

Publishing scooped research actually builds trust in the shared outcome.

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How do you want your research to make a difference?

Learn how other Open Science practices benefit your work and the research community

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How much do you already incorporate Open Science as part of your research process?

How do your actions support scientific communications?

With multiple time pressures and choices, which of your values influence the decisions you make. Challenge yourself to find out your motivations by taking our quiz, then learn how your values are helping to make science communication stronger.

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