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MBio. 2017 May 23;8(3). pii: e00438-17. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00438-17.

Preprinting Microbiology.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA pschloss@umich.edu.

Abstract

The field of microbiology has experienced significant growth due to transformative advances in technology and the influx of scientists driven by a curiosity to understand how microbes sustain myriad biochemical processes that maintain Earth. With this explosion in scientific output, a significant bottleneck has been the ability to rapidly disseminate new knowledge to peers and the public. Preprints have emerged as a tool that a growing number of microbiologists are using to overcome this bottleneck. Posting preprints can help to transparently recruit a more diverse pool of reviewers prior to submitting to a journal for formal peer review. Although the use of preprints is still limited in the biological sciences, early indications are that preprints are a robust tool that can complement and enhance peer-reviewed publications. As publishing moves to embrace advances in Internet technology, there are many opportunities for preprints and peer-reviewed journals to coexist in the same ecosystem.

KEYWORDS:

microbiology; open science; peer review; publishing

PMID:
28536284
PMCID:
PMC5442452
DOI:
10.1128/mBio.00438-17
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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