Researchers at the University of Sheffield have found that the majority of papers on a paper plate holder are used for research, with the paper being read more often when there is a paper attached to it.
Researchers from the Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM) and the University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (EMS) analysed more than 5,000 papers on the market and found that almost a quarter of them were used to make research papers.
“When a paper is read, the paper is more likely to be seen as being in good form, which means more research is being done,” Professor Simon Macdonald, from CAM, said.
“But when a paper has been read, researchers are less likely to take the time to read it and then write it up.”
This can make it difficult to publish good work.
“The researchers found that nearly two-thirds of the papers they analysed were used for scientific research, and that the vast majority of those papers were either published in the UK or published in other countries.”
A lot of papers are being written in languages that don’t speak English, so they’re written in the local language, or in languages where there’s a shortage of research papers,” Dr Macdonald said.
The researchers said the use of paper plates in research paper making could have a significant impact on the world’s research productivity.”
Paper plates are often used in biomedical research, as they allow researchers to make use of a large number of samples and provide a clear way to identify the species that have been studied,” Dr Matthew Reichelt, from EMS, said in a statement.”
In many cases, this could help researchers understand what’s going on in the organisms they’re studying.
“Researchers said that if people were to use paper plates to research, it would allow researchers more time to gather more data, as well as potentially improving the quality of their results.