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From submission to sharing: the life cycle of an article

When an author decides to submit a manuscript for publication, that manuscript begins its life cycle, going through many phases as it is checked, refined and adjusted. Here we follow an article through its life cycle, to understand the different

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What is open peer review?

History of traditional (closed) peer review Even though scientific publishing has been around since the 17th century, formal peer review of submitted articles by external academics is relatively new. The journals Science and JAMA, for example, introduced formal peer review in the 1940s,

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Presubmittal peer review for high-impact research

In more collegial, less competitive times researchers used pre-submission peer review to obtain frank, constructive feedback from trusted colleagues before sending their manuscript to a journal. But pre-submission review now appears to be rare in the current publish-or-perish environment. Journal-managed

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Post publication peer-review: Everything stays, and changes the same

In the early days of scientific societies (i.e. the 17th century), scientists would share their experimental results with each other at meetings, and receive feedback about their experiments in person.  (The scientific journal wasn’t invented until later.)  As the scientific

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Let’s shine a light on paywalls that deny open access to scientific research

Reviewing scientific literature can be a bit like trying to negotiate a maze with the lights turned off. For years I was fumbling around in the dark, but didn’t realise I was missing out. Now the Open Access Button campaign wants us

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Peer review needs to expand so that more scientists are reviewing papers

A new tool that selects peer reviewers by algorithm could make the peer review process more reliable, by sources The more peer reviews on a paper from top scientists, the stronger the peer review signal. Technology has changed some aspects of science tremendously.

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Worst practices that misconduct authors

There are several ideas going around in my head regarding the reasons for the growing plagiarism in academic publications and that someone is willing to get into this game for money: There is great pressure to publish. Capitalism is pervading everything. In general, professors

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Peer review: how to get it right – 10 tips

  1) Be professional. It’s called peer review for a reason. You, putative reviewer, are the peer. If you don’t do it for them why should they do it for you? This is a core part of your job as an

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New article format aims to prevent ‘sloppiness’ in science

The journal Cortex launched an innovation in scientific publishing called a Registered Report. Unlike conventional publishing models, Registered Reports split the review process into two stages. Initially, experimental methods and proposed analyses are pre-registered and reviewed before data are collected. Then, if peer

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Shielding Good Science: Upholding Publishing Ethics

If a plagiarist plagiarizes from an author who herself/himself has plagiarized, do we call it a wash and go for a beer? Does this sounds familiar?  Chances are, no. Does this kind of cut-and-paste happen in research publishing today? Sadly, yes.  According to Science (Vol.

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