Historical perspective: Harold Varmus’s 1999 essay on E-biomed

Many of the topics relevant to ASAPbio have been discussed in the biomedical community for many years.  For example, E-biomed, proposed by Harold Varmus in 1999, would have had some of the features of a modern preprint server. You can download the original proposal here (.docx format). More details on how the system evolved into PubMed Central are available here.

NY Times Op-Ed calls for wider use of preprints       

In their September 17 opinion piece, “Don’t Delay News of Medical Breakthroughs,” Eric Topol and Harlan Krumholz call for rapid publication of scientific results.

Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) announced

A group of NIH authors have released a new article-level metric called the RCR, which normalizes an article’s citations to those in its network.

A Need to Accelerate Communication in Biology

Ron Vale’s article detailing changes in publication in biology over the past three decades and the potential benefits of the widespread use of preprints is now. Available at PNAS and previously released as a preprint on bioRxiv.

A Substantial Increase in Article Length also Noted in Applied Math and Economics

Articles in journals from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics have increased significantly in length over time.

Similar trends of increasing article length and authors have been observed for economic journals as well.