What will I receive after I submit my methods section
SciScore will return a report with two tables and an overall score between 1 and
10. The first table outlines whether certain rigor criteria were met; this is
displayed in a rigor adherence table. The second table displays all of the
research resources used within a paper and whether enough metadata was
provided to correctly identify a resource. Scores range between 1 and 10 and are
determined based on the level of rigor adherence and the completeness of the
research resource metadata.
How can I improve my SciScore?
Addressing all rigor criteria in the methods section including blinding,
randomization of groups, and power analysis, even if it is to simply state that
blinding is not relevant to this study, should improve your score. Addressing rigor
is required in multiple journals that implement various rigor and transparency
checklists. For each research resource that is identified, adding an RRID or other
important metadata (i.e., catalog number and vendor for antibodies) should
improve the score. Please note, every RRID is associated with product
information. SciScore will try to match the sentence context with this data, and if
this information does not match, the score will be lower. If English is not your
native language, you may consider sending your methods section to a colleague
to help improve sentence clarity.
If I find something wrong with my report, what do I do?
Please contact us
to report any problems. SciScore can only learn from its
mistakes if it knows about them.
What happens when a journal submits my methods section for me?
If a journal submits your paper, they must follow journal specific privacy policies.
You may retrieve the SciScore report from the journal directly. As the submitting
party, the journal would be responsible for any actions taken as a result of
Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs)
What is an RRID?
RRIDs are persistent, unique identifiers that identify antibodies, cell lines,
plasmids, transgenic organisms and software projects. To find RRIDs, please go
to https://scicrunch.org/resources and type in the resource's catalog number for
the best results.
Why should I include RRIDs in my research?
RRIDs help researchers more easily identify and find the reagents and tools
being used in research papers. RRIDs help to limit confusion about the exact
resources used in research papers, which in turn helps to promote
reproducibility. Also, with the inclusion of a resource ID tag in JATS 1.2 (the
NISO standard for journal articles), RRIDs have become even easier to find.
Star Methods Table
What is a STAR methods table?
The STAR (structured, transparent, accessible reporting) methods table is a table
framework created by Cell Press to improve the reproducibility of scientific
research. More information regarding the STAR methods table can be found
Can I use the SciScore generated table as is?
Most likely no, you will need to fill in additional information as requested by the
journal that you are submitting to. We try to point out where information is
missing, however, SciScore currently only recognizes antibodies, cell lines,
transgenic organisms, plasmids, oligonucleotides, and software projects.
STAR methods tables ask for things that SciScore does not return to
me, why not?
As of now, SciScore has been trained to detect the following types of research resources:
antibodies, cell lines, transgenic organisms, plasmids, oligonucleotides, and
software projects; it does not currently recognize other types of reagents that
STAR requires. If you have any recommendations for what SciScore should find in the future, please let us know.
What is an ORCID?
ORCID is a persistent, unique identifier used to properly distinguish researchers
from one another. ORCIDs also help create automatic linkages between
researchers and their work, ensuring that your research is properly attributed to
you. To find more information regarding ORCID, please visit their website
. If you
do not have an ORCID account, please go to https://orcid.org
to create one.
Why do you need my ORCID?
SciScore is a tool that we make available to the scientific community, however
we have no way to verify that you are indeed a researcher without a helping hand
from our colleagues at ORCID. Signing up for ORCID is both easy and free, and
it is now required when submitting to many journals. If you do not have an
ORCID account, please go to https://orcid.org
to create one.
Can I use SciScore without an ORCID?
Yes, you may use a valid credit card to access SciScore. Several packages are
available for journal editorial staff and technical reviewers as well.
Privacy & Security
What do you do with my information?
Our policy is to purge your data from the SciScore servers as soon as possible to
protect your information, only the report remains in your account. Please see the
full terms and conditions page.
Do you keep my score private?
Yes, any score obtained through SciScore is private and visible only to your user