The idea of posting an academic manuscript in the internet before its submission to a peer-reviewed journal might sound strange to many researchers in biomedical sciences. However, this has been a very successful model for many years for the communication of ideas and findings in the physical sciences (arXiv.org as main example).
Nature Precedings is a recent platform that allows the posting, sharing and discussion of original manuscripts before submitting them to formal peer review in academic journals. The repository is freely available and hosts 1000+ documents, including hundreds of documents in Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Cell Biology, and Bioinformatics.
It is expected that the use of a preprint server in the biomedical sciences will speed up research by facilitating the rapid and open dissemination of preliminary results while complementing traditional academic publishing models.
Contact: Hilary Spencer, Nature Precedings
"Nature Precedings aims to speed up the scientific research cycle by facilitating the rapid dissemination of preliminary results"
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