An analysis of the present system of scientific publishing: What’s wrong and where to go from here



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In addition, many laboratories choose to present their data on their own websites (irrespective of any particular publication), providing access to raw, unverified experimental data. This information is a rich source of cutting edge data, and its growing usage as a research tool blurs the boundaries between formal and informal publications19. These databases are slowly encroaching on the journals’ position as disseminators of information. Still, as opposed to journal articles that are centrally indexed, it becomes very difficult to keep track of and locate new results that are published in these forums. While prior to this explosion of data, researchers could easily contact authors for additional individual data sets, with the advent of bioinformatics and the need to sift through and analyze multiple huge datasets, all of the data must be easily accessible in real time20, 21.

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