Reuse Recipe Documents

A Reuse Recipe Document (RRD) is a dynamic and inter-operable HTML document that is aimed at enhancing reusability and reproducibility of the published research article.
Contents of RRDs include:
  • Materials Used
  • Procedure/Experimental Steps
  • Data files (Optional)
Once published, RRDs appear alongside their respective publications and are accessible to readers and the community via an HTML widget within the published article.
Why is this important?
Often, science is shared through a single vehicle – researchers publish journal articles summarizing their study’s methods and results. A key word here is “summarized” – to write a clear and succinct article, important details regarding methodology might be omitted.
Greater access to scientific inputs and outputs can improve the effectiveness and productivity of the research system, by:
  1. Reducing duplication and the costs of creating, transferring and reusing data
  2. Allowing more research from the same dataset
  3. Multiplying opportunities for global and domestic participation in the research process.
What’s more, the use of open tools can help increase research efficiency, diffusion and dissemination.
Why is BioTechniques including RRDs?
At BioTechniques, we encourage all authors to submit a detailed description of the procedure or protocol alongside any new method or technique published in the journal. It is becoming increasingly important to ensure that these techniques are easily reusable to help increase the overall reproducibility of a method or a technique, by providing users with detailed instructions for performing their experiments.
The RRD allows BioTechniques authors to describe the methods, experiments and more in detail, to enhance the rigor and reproducibility and hence the usefulness of the research article itself.
All individual experiments/methods that are included in the Reuse Recipe Documents are citable with their own DOIs
It is also a place that enables the authors to publish their null/negative experimental details and datasets
It allows continuous updates to ensure reusability/reproducibility as and when needed and on demand.
Links to connect subsequent outputs to the original publication are assigned with their own DOIs, so that reuse instances can easily be captured, recognised, tracked and rewarded, with increased citability.
A detailed description and help guide for authors looking to create RRDs can be found here.
Preview Reuse Recipe Documents