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Alert: Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

Written by Amy Harmon, the NYTimes article published yesterday describes the latest in the battle for open access science:

"On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly accessible website, bioRxiv, before submitting it to a scholarly journal to review for “official’’ publication.

It was a small act of information age defiance, and perhaps also a bit of a throwback, somewhat analogous to Stephen King’s 2000 self-publishing an e-book or Radiohead’s 2007 release of a download-only record without a label. To commemorate it, she tweeted the website’s confirmation under the hashtag #ASAPbio, a newly coined rallying cry of a cadre of biologists who say they want to speed science by making a key change in the way it is published."

Traditional journals are going to have to deal with the growing acts of rebellion from scientists who are tired of waiting for the speed and openness of scientific research to keep pace with the 25 year old Interweb - one of the more famous open access heroines [1] being the Sci-Hub researcher from Kazakhstan (also mentioned in the article). It ends with a tweet from a long-time advocate for scientific publishing reform:

Good point.

For the entire article:

[1] More on Alexandra Elbakyan and open access publishing in another NYtimes article, "Should all research papers be free?"


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