A possible future for science publishing

In Between Manuscripts

Because sometimes science fiction helps pave the way for science fact:

Flash forward to 2018 and imagine this:


You just finished reading an article published two weeks ago on a preprint server (spoiler alert: traditional journals have decreased in popularity). After closing the article on your favourite paper manager, you receive the following message:

“As a registered biologist, do you wish to add your name to this publication stating that you find that this paper is sound and without any major issues?”

Thinking that the paper, on the differential gene expression response of a naturally-infected fish species was fairly well done without any glaring issues, you click, “Yes”.

The following message pops up:

“Thank you for your contribution. Currently there are 943 registered biologists that agree with this article, and 10 that have issues with this article. Would you like to view the highest ranking critiques?”

Being curious, with the manuscript still fresh in your…

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Author: Shane O'Mara

Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Writer

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