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PLoS One. 2018 May 3;13(5):e0195271. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195271. eCollection 2018.

ResearchMaps.org for integrating and planning research.

Matiasz NJ1,2,3, Wood J1,2,4, Doshi P1,4, Speier W2,5, Beckemeyer B1,4, Wang W4, Hsu W2,3, Silva AJ1,6,7,8,9.

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1
Department of Neurobiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
2
Medical Imaging Informatics, Department of Radiological Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
3
Department of Bioengineering, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
4
Department of Computer Science, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
5
Department of Neurosurgery, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
6
Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
7
Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
8
Integrative Center for Learning and Memory, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
9
Brain Research Institute, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.

Abstract

To plan experiments, a biologist needs to evaluate a growing set of empirical findings and hypothetical assertions from diverse fields that use increasingly complex techniques. To address this problem, we operationalized principles (e.g., convergence and consistency) that biologists use to test causal relations and evaluate experimental evidence. With the framework we derived, we then created a free, open-source web application that allows biologists to create research maps, graph-based representations of empirical evidence and hypothetical assertions found in research articles, reviews, and other sources. With our ResearchMaps web application, biologists can systematically reason through the research that is most important to them, as well as evaluate and plan experiments with a breadth and precision that are unlikely without such a tool.

PMID:
29723213
PMCID:
PMC5933701
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0195271
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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