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Good enough practices in scientific computing

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS Computational Biology, June 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#11 of 4,500)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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5 blogs
twitter
808 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
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4 Google+ users

Readers on

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423 Mendeley
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8 CiteULike
Title
Good enough practices in scientific computing
Published in
PLoS Computational Biology, June 2017
DOI 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005510
Pubmed ID
Authors

Greg Wilson, Jennifer Bryan, Karen Cranston, Justin Kitzes, Lex Nederbragt, Tracy K. Teal, Wilson, Greg, Bryan, Jennifer, Cranston, Karen, Kitzes, Justin, Nederbragt, Lex, Teal, Tracy K.

Abstract

Computers are now essential in all branches of science, but most researchers are never taught the equivalent of basic lab skills for research computing. As a result, data can get lost, analyses can take much longer than necessary, and researchers are limited in how effectively they can work with software and data. Computing workflows need to follow the same practices as lab projects and notebooks, with organized data, documented steps, and the project structured for reproducibility, but researchers new to computing often don't know where to start. This paper presents a set of good computing practices that every researcher can adopt, regardless of their current level of computational skill. These practices, which encompass data management, programming, collaborating with colleagues, organizing projects, tracking work, and writing manuscripts, are drawn from a wide variety of published sources from our daily lives and from our work with volunteer organizations that have delivered workshops to over 11,000 people since 2010.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 3%
United Kingdom 5 1%
Germany 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
France 2 <1%
Sweden 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 387 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 121 29%
Researcher 115 27%
Student > Master 47 11%
Student > Bachelor 33 8%
Other 24 6%
Other 81 19%
Unknown 2 <1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 125 30%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 41 10%
Computer Science 40 9%
Environmental Science 30 7%
Physics and Astronomy 29 7%
Other 156 37%
Unknown 2 <1%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 572. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 25 April 2018.
All research outputs
#8,149
of 9,723,656 outputs
Outputs from PLoS Computational Biology
#11
of 4,500 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#593
of 258,949 outputs
Outputs of similar age from PLoS Computational Biology
#1
of 155 outputs
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