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Sharing Preprints and Publishing Papers: a Symbiosis

Bernd Pulverer
EMBO Press, Meyerhofstrasse 1, Heidelberg, Germany

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

Coupling Pre-Prints and Post-Publication Peer Review for Fast, Cheap, Fair, and Effective Science Publishing

Michael Eisen1,2 and Leslie B. Vosshall 3,4

1 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and 2 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA. 3 Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior and 4 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY.;

Research papers are the primary tangible and lasting output of science. It is how we communicate our discoveries, and how we are evaluated for hiring, promotion, and prizes. The current system by which most scientific papers are published predates the Internet by several hundred years, has changed little over centuries, and has largely failed to take advantage of new technologies enabled by the internet.

We believe that this system no longer serves the needs of scientists. Continue reading

The role of preprints in publishing

Vitek Tracz and Rebecca Lawrence

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We support the adoption of preprints in biomedicine, as one of a number of innovations that will help to accelerate scientific progress. However, we believe that simply adopting preprints on their own, whilst retaining the existing traditional journal publishing system, misses an important opportunity to make a more significant change to the way new findings are shared, and to how research and researchers are evaluated.

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