Quality Assurance

Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) is a critical step that is used to ensure the validity of data in the database and of the analyses that use these data. When conducting QA/QC, your data access level needs to be elevated to “manager”.

  1. Open citation in Mendeley

  2. Locate citation in BETYdb

    • Select Use

    • Select Show

    • Check that author, year, title, journal, volume, and page

      information is correct

    • Check that links to URL and PDF are correct, using DOI if

      available

    • If any information is incorrect, click ’edit’ to correct

  3. Check that site(s) at bottom of citation record match site(s) in

    paper

    • Check that latitude and longitude are consistent with

      manuscript, are in decimals not degrees, and have appropriate

      level of precision

    • Click on site name to verify any additional information site

      information that is present

    • Enter any additional site level information that is found

  4. Select

    treatments from

    menu bar

    • Check that there is a control treatment

    • Ensure that treatment name and definition are consistent with

      information in the manuscript

    • Under “treatments from all citations associated with associated

      sites”, ensure that there is no redundancy (i.e. if another

      citation uses the same treatments, it should not be listed

      separately)

    • If managements are listed, make sure that managment-treatment

      associations are correct

  5. Check managements if

    there are any listed on the treatments page.

    • If yield data has been collected, ensure that required

      managements have been entered

    • If managements have been entered, ensure that they are

      associated with the correct treatments

  6. Click Yields or

    Traits to check

    data.

    • Check that means, sample size, and statistics have been entered

      correctly

    • If data has been transformed, check that transformation was

      correct in the associated google spreadsheet (or create a new

      google spreadsheet following instructions)

    • For any trait data that requires a covariate