By Chong He and Karen Ring

The Buck Post Doctoral Association hosted a special seminar featuring Dr. Arsalan Daudi, the executive editor of Bio-protocol, on December 10th, 2014. Bio-protocol is a peer-reviewed, open access protocol-sharing platform that publishes high quality protocols from the larger scientific community.

Dr. Arsalan Daudi, executive director of Bio-protocol.

Dr. Arsalan Daudi, executive editor of Bio-protocol.

In his seminar, Dr. Daudi pointed out that the main issue life science research currently faces is lack of experimental reproducibility. He noted that 54% of resources listed in the materials and methods sections of publications are not uniquely identified, thus making it hard for other scientists to follow these protocols accurately. Dr. Daudi also discussed how the rise of mega-journals has generated an abundance of papers, and as a consequence, experimental reproducibility can be neglected in part due to the already heavy burden placed upon the existing reviewer pool. While the NIH is planning to address the issue of reproducibility in the next few years, Dr. Arsalan emphasized that scientists and researchers should take the lead and share high-quality protocols through online platforms such as Bio-protocol.

Dr. Daudi ended his talk with a demonstration of Bio-protocol’s search engine and highlighted useful features such as a “Question & Answer” section following each protocol and the ability to update already published protocols.

More information on Bio-protocol from Dr. Daudi:

“The idea for Bio-protocol grew out of discussions among several postdocs working at Stanford University between 2008-2010. Bio-protocol was formally launched on January 1st, 2011 (ISSN: 2331-8325). Our team initially grew by recruiting several experts from the Bay Area, but has now grown to 30 associate editors (and is still rapidly growing!) from all around the world, representing diverse research experiences.

The mission of Bio-protocol is to greatly improve the reproducibility and transparency of scientific output (from an experimental methods perspective). Bio-protocol hopes that by promoting the efficient sharing of high quality life science protocols, they can help improve the way that research is performed and communicated. Their goal is to create a more open and therefore, more efficient life science research community.

Bio-protocol is unique in several ways. One example is that it does not have static protocols. Protocols can dynamically be updated depending on troubleshooting issues that are identified in the community. This platform for communication on a protocol-by-protocol basis is free to access and is also free to comment on. Several technical aspects of our search engine and in-house, efficient data management also make us a unique protocol-sharing platform.”

Check out the Bio-protocol website!