In an attempt to follow best practices in open sciences, I drafted, published, and shared a protocol for a systematic literature review. I have since completed the data collection and extraction process of the review, and I am now moving into the data analysis and manuscript preparation for submission to an academic journal.
To what extent can text from a public (open science foundation, OSF) protocol be reused (with significant modification) when drafting a new manuscript for submission to an academic journal? This is most applicable to the abstract, introduction, and methods. All of these sections will be modified and expanded upon, but I do like the phrasing of certain sentences and organization of the paragraphs.
For example, imagine the two following paragraphs:
Cats are generally known to have four legs. It has also been observed that cats have fur. Cats come in all shapes and sizes, but are generally between 7 and 14 pounds and stand between 8 and 14 inches.
Cats are generally known to have four legs. However, outside events may render the cats with fewer legs. While most cats have fur, specific breeds of hairless cats are known to exist. The shapes and sizes of cats have been thoroughly studied. Garfield et al. found that cats weigh in between 7 and 14, whereas a population study by Pussinboots found that most cats stand between 8 and 14 inches.
I have found some peer-reviewed commentary on this issue here, although I understand it may be a journal-to-journal issue.