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Berg 2016 Science

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Berg JM, Bhalla N, Bourne PE, Chalfie M, Drubin DG, Fraser JS, Greider CW, Hendricks M, Jones C, Kiley R, King S, Kirschner MW, Krumholz HM, Lehmann R, Leptin M, Pulverer B, Rosenzweig B, Spiro JE, Stebbins M, Strasser C, Swaminathan S, Turner P, Vale RD, VijayRaghavan K, Wolberger C (2016) Preprints for the life sciences. Science 352:899-901.

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Berg JM, Bhalla N, Bourne PE, Chalfie M, Drubin DG, Fraser JS, Greider CW, Hendricks M, Jones C, Kiley R, King S, Kirschner MW, Krumholz HM, Lehmann R, Leptin M, Pulverer B, Rosenzweig B, Spiro JE, Stebbins M, Strasser C, Swaminathan S, Turner P, Vale RD, VijayRaghavan K, Wolberger C (2016) Science

Abstract: A preprint is a complete scientific manuscript (often one also being submitted to a peer-reviewed journal) that is uploaded by the authors to a public server without formal review. After a brief inspection to ensure that the work is scientific in nature, the posted scientific manuscript can be viewed without charge on the Web.

Conclusions: Preprints could play important roles in accelerating scientific progress; they could serve the needs and foster the careers of scientists; and, in cooperation with existing journals, they could enhance the current system for communicating results and ideas in the life sciences. However, preprints are relatively new to biology, and many questions remain unanswered. Will funding agencies encourage the use of preprint servers? Will all journals accept manuscripts for publication after they have been disseminated as preprints? Will the life sciences community find ways to make biology preprints easily discoverable? And will researchers themselves decide to submit, cite, and evaluate work presented in preprint form? The cooperative spirit displayed by the attendees at ASAPbio gives hope that these complex issues, as well as others that limit the communication of scientific ideas and results, can be addressed in a productive and thoughtful manner.


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  • Ginsparg was emphatic that a preprint, because it has a time stamp and is publicly available, plays a key role in establishing priority of discovery.


References

  1. Vale RD (2015) Accelerating scientific publication in biology. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112:13439-46. - »Bioblast link
  2. iBiology. What are preprints? (2016)
  3. ASAPbio 2016meeting (2016)
  4. Wikipedia: List of academic journals by preprint policy (2016)
  5. Preprints for Gentle Science