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Print servers allow the efficient sharing and discussion of scientific findings without restriction or delay. Quality assurance through peer review and editorial processes are more important than ever, given the rapid growth and increased complexity of scientific information. I will argue that both processes can work optimally in sequence in an information flow from bench to lab-book to preprint to paper.
Preprint based communication has been firmly established as the norm in many areas of the physical sciences for decades; in none of these disciplines has it replaced the peer reviewed research paper. Instead, a symbiotic relationship appears to have developed, where preprints preclude damaging delays to scientific communication while buffering pressures to rush into publication prematurely. Continue reading