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  1. SciScore for 10.1101/2022.01.18.22269200: (What is this?)

    Please note, not all rigor criteria are appropriate for all manuscripts.

    Table 1: Rigor

    NIH rigor criteria are not applicable to paper type.

    Table 2: Resources

    No key resources detected.

    Results from OddPub: We did not detect open data. We also did not detect open code. Researchers are encouraged to share open data when possible (see Nature blog).

    Results from LimitationRecognizer: We detected the following sentences addressing limitations in the study:
    Limitations of our work are inherent in the notification process to both public health and educational agencies as well as the gathering of aggregate county-specific data (S12 Text). Both notification data itself as well as contact data is an underestimate of the actual infection dynamic. We attempted to account for underdetection with age-specific estimates taken from seroprevalence studies. This could make our estimate of contribution of school-contacts to overall transmission a potential underestimate. Residual confounding in the regression analysis is a possibility as we use aggregate county or school measures and did not have full access to individual-level confounding factors, e.g., on distribution of parental professions or industrial make-up of the counties included. We tried to include the most important confounding factors on infection dynamics in the population as well as deprivation and urbanity of counties in the analysis. SARs are limited by several factors. Contact tracing is inherently limited by both interviewer capacity and ability and interviewee memory and honesty, however with schools and households as contained domains the error margin is limited. Among contacts, the data did not indicate whether these were still susceptible to infection. However, it can be assumed that biases are similar in each region as they are situated within the same country and timeline of events. A reduction in the proportion of the susceptible population through vaccination or i...

    Results from TrialIdentifier: No clinical trial numbers were referenced.

    Results from Barzooka: We found bar graphs of continuous data. We recommend replacing bar graphs with more informative graphics, as many different datasets can lead to the same bar graph. The actual data may suggest different conclusions from the summary statistics. For more information, please see Weissgerber et al (2015).

    Results from JetFighter: We did not find any issues relating to colormaps.

    Results from rtransparent:
    • Thank you for including a conflict of interest statement. Authors are encouraged to include this statement when submitting to a journal.
    • Thank you for including a funding statement. Authors are encouraged to include this statement when submitting to a journal.
    • No protocol registration statement was detected.

    Results from scite Reference Check: We found no unreliable references.

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