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Data from: Phylotocol: promoting transparency and overcoming bias in phylogenetics


DeBiasse, Melissa B.; Ryan, Joseph F. (2018), Data from: Phylotocol: promoting transparency and overcoming bias in phylogenetics, Dryad, Dataset,


The integrity of science requires that the process be based on sound experimental design and objective methodology. Strategies that increase reproducibility and transparency in science protect this integrity by reducing conscious and unconscious biases. Given the large number of analysis options and the constant development of new methodologies in phylogenetics, this field is one that would particularly benefit from more transparent research design. Here, we introduce phylotocol (fī·lō·´tə·kôl), an a priori protocol-driven approach in which all analyses are planned and documented at the start of a project. The phylotocol template is simple and the implementation options are flexible to reduce administrative burdens and allow researchers to adapt it to their needs without restricting scientific creativity. While the primary goal of phylotocol is to increase transparency and accountability, it has a number of auxiliary benefits including improving study design and reproducibility, enhancing collaboration and education, and increasing the likelihood of project completion. Our goal with this Point of View article is to encourage a dialogue about transparency in phylogenetics and the best strategies to bring transparent research practices to our field.

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National Science Foundation, Award: 1542597