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:
- Reducing duplication and the costs of creating, transferring and reusing data
- Allowing more research from the same dataset
- 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.