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Shortcut citations in the methods section : frequency, problems, and strategies for responsible reuse


Silva Seco,  Bruna Mara
Peter H. Seeberger - Vaccine Development, Biomolekulare Systeme, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Standvoss, K., Kazezian, V., Lewke, B. R., Bastian, K., Chidambaram, S., Arafat, S., et al. (2024). Shortcut citations in the methods section: frequency, problems, and strategies for responsible reuse. PLOS Biology, 22(4): e3002562. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3002562.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000F-2F28-1
Methods sections often lack critical details needed to reproduce an experiment; the practice of citing previous papers instead of describing the methods in detail may contribute to this problem. An analysis of >800 papers across three fields shows that >90% of papers use at least one shortcut citation, that these significantly impair reconstruction of the original method, and that <25% of journals have policies relating to previously described methods.