Biologists speed up scientific progress by going rogue and publishing directly to Internet

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Plazma Inferno!, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly accessible website, bioRxiv, before submitting it to a scholarly journal to review for "official" publication.
    To commemorate it, she tweeted the website’s confirmation under the hashtag #ASAPbio, a newly coined rallying cry of a cadre of biologists who say they want to speed science by making a key change in the way it is published.
    Unlike physicists, for whom preprints became a default method of communicating discoveries in the 1990s, biomedical researchers typically wait more than six months to disseminate their work while they submit it — on an exclusive basis — to the most prestigious journal they think might accept it for publication. If, as is often the case, it is rejected, they try another journal. As a result, it can sometimes take years to publish a paper, which is then typically available for a time only to colleagues at major academic institutions whose libraries pay for subscriptions. And because science is in many ways a relay, with one scientist building on the published work of another, the communication delays almost certainly slow scientific progress.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/science/asap-bio-biologists-published-to-the-internet.html

    I agree with the move. Academic journals are just a hindrance to the expansion of human knowledge and scientific progress. But still, peer review is important IMHO.
     
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  3. Ophiolite Valued Senior Member

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    It is a problematic area. As a keen amateur, armchair "scientist" I am frustrated by the limited number of research papers available in the fields that interest me - this especially bad in geology. There is a need - well recognised I think - for an approach that speeds up the process, makes material more readily available and yet ensures its high quality. I suspect there will be a lot of pain before an effective solution is found.

    It shouldn't be beyond the science community to develop a system that offers improved peer review. A member on another forum I frequent proposed a novel approach. Would you consider it unethical if I contacted him and asked if he would post his thoughts here? It could make for an interesting discussion.
     
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  5. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    The internet...

    I think all torrents come from ThePirateBay (or end up there inevitably) and other torrent sites filter the content. The internet can potentially peer review itself.
     
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