Who is Curate Science's intended audience?
Our primary audience is the community of academic, government, and industry researchers.
However, we are designing the website so that the organized information is also useful to students,
educators, journalists, and public policy makers (e.g., a journalist could look up an article
to see whether limitations/flaws have been identified enabling them to write a more balanced news article). Our initial focus involves published articles in the life and social sciences (starting with psychology/neuroscience), however we may eventually expand to other areas.
What is curation?
Digital curation is the process of selecting, filtering, and extracting information as to increase its quality.
Curate Science organizes, selects, filters, and extracts information from a diverse set of sources with the goal
of increasing the quality of fundamental information about scientific articles.
Who can access and consume information about articles on Curate Science?
Anyone, including non-registered users, can lookup information on Curate Science.
Who can add, modify, and update article information on Curate Science?
Only registered users will be able to add, modify, and update information about articles.
That being said, anyone that is affiliated with a research organization can become a registered user,
as long as they provide their real names, email address, affiliation, and title (e.g., post-doc,
graduate student, undergraduate student, research assistant).
How will you ensure quality control of the information posted about articles on Curate Science?
We will employ a two-stage verification process for some of the information whereby information
initially posted will be labeled as "unverified" until a second user confirms it, at which time it
will appear as verified. This will be the case for key statistics, independent replication information,
and publication bias indices. Like Wikipedia, we will also have a revision history for each editable/updatable
field showing which user changed what information on what date (and any notes regarding the edit left by the user).
Is it really feasible to organize and curate information for scientific articles? In other words,
why would researchers be willing to spend their precious time curating information on Curate Science?
Our view is that researchers should be highly motivated to add and update information regarding published
articles in their own area of research because there is an intrinsic interest to update the scientific record
to more accurately reflect the totality of the evidence. We also expect -- just like what happened with
Wikipedia -- that more influential and/or controversial articles will be curated first given that a large
number of researchers are interested in these articles. Other articles will likely be curated commensurate
to the level of interest commanded by the market, though of course article authors are free to curate their
own articles as much as they want (and for good reasons, e.g. available data citation advantage,
see Piwowar & Vision, 2013
What is Curate Science's business model?
We will soon be incorporating as a non-profit organization. Curate Science organizes and curates
fundamental information about unpublished and published scientific articles and we see this information
as a public good that belongs to the community of scientists. Consequently, information organized on
Curate Science is and will forever remain a free public good accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
Who is funding Curate Science?
We have received a $10,000 USD seed grant from the Center for Open Science to help with initial development. Wellspring Advisors LCC have confirmed that they have allocated funds to support Curate Science as part of a renewal grant to be given to the Center for Open Science. Templeton Foundation has accepted our initial grant proposal and we will soon be submitting a full proposal to them. We are also currently in discussions with Sloan Foundation.
Is Curate Science associated with the Open Science Framework hosted by the Center for Open Science?
Though Curate Science has formed an informal partnership with the Center for Open Science (with respect to funding, see above), our web application is completely independent from the Open Science Framework (though we will of course be linking to available data, materials, and pre-registration information from the OSF).
How is Curate Science different from Figshare.com, DataDryad.org, and Harvard's Dataverse?
and Harvard's Dataverse
(and many other similar websites)
are data repositories where researchers can make their data, syntax, and materials publicly available
and get credit for doing so. Curate Science organizes, consolidates, and curates all of this publicly
available information from as many different sources as possible at the study-level for all published
articles with a DOI. Curate Science also provides a platform for the crowd to verify analyses and post
comments regarding specific issues such as reproducibility of analyses, problems with posted
How is Curate Science different from the Open Science Framework?
The Open Science Framework
is a place for researchers to archive,
collaborate on, and pre-register their research projects to facilitate researchers' workflow to
help increase the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices
(see more details on OSF's about
In contrast, Curate Science, as its name implies, is focused primarily on the curation of
scientific information tied to published articles
by providing a platform for users to add,
modify, update, and comment on published article's replication and reproducibility information (among other things, see features
How is Curate Science different from the PsychFileDrawer.org?
is a highly useful website that was designed to overcome the pernicious file drawer problem in psychology where researchers can manually upload serious replication attempts whether they succeeded or failed. Curate Science aims to significantly build upon PsychFileDrawer's venerable efforts by automatically identifying as many extant independent replication results as possible (via text mining) and also will provide a simple interface for the crowd to add any missing replication results. Curate Science will also feature an innovative article page
that visually depicts the complex inter-relationships between original and replication studies (to facilitate the difficult task of interpreting replication results) and which will also allow the crowd to curate key information about the original and replication studies (in addition to several other features
Will I be able to post data/materials directly on an article page on Curate Science?
Yes, eventually. Our current focus is to organize and curate the available data/materials
that are already hosted by the many public repositories that already exist. However, in our quest to
radically simplify the fundamental scientific practice of sharing data/materials, we are working on forging a partnership with a major data repository website so that users can easily drag-and-drop data for their articles via our interface using our partner's infrastructure (indeed, we're currently in discussions with Figshare.com and the OSF in this regard).
Will I be able to post unpublished manuscripts on Curate Science?
Yes, this is possible because many independent replications are not published. Also, we encourage researchers
to post working papers with corresponding data/syntax to facilitate pre-publication verification and peer review
(an approach that has been very successful in physics and mathematics via arxiv.org).
When will I be able to start contributing to Curate Science?
Now! We are now in early public beta mode, so researchers can log in here
to starting contributing to Curate Science.