[IRTalk] Group of biologists is bypassing journals and uploading their work straight to the Internet

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Wed Mar 16 12:16:13 SAST 2016

Since the first scientific journal was created 351 years ago, the process for disseminating scientific information has remained fundamentally the same - results are written up, peer-reviewed, and eventually published. And while this process helps to ensure high-quality articles, it's also incredibly slow, with the average biology paper taking on average six months - and sometimes even years - to see the light of day.

Now a growing group of life scientists are working to change that, by committing the somewhat-rebellious act of uploading their papers directly to a open-access pre-print site, called bioRxiv<http://biorxiv.org/>, before submitting them to the mainstream journals, as Amy Harmon reports for <http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/science/asap-bio-biologists-published-to-the-internet.html> The New York Times<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/science/asap-bio-biologists-published-to-the-internet.html>. That means their work is now available for anyone to read and comment on for free.


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