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eLife Ups Preprints' Usefulness for Medical Research
eLife introduced a new approach to peer review and publishing in medicine (which includes public health and health policy). The organization notes, “Despite the benefits of rapid, author-driven publication in accelerating research and democratising access to results, the growing number of clinical preprints means that individuals and institutions may act quickly on new information before it is adequately scrutinised.” To combat this shortcoming, eLife is adding “refereed preprints” to medRxiv that have undergone rigorous peer review. They give researchers a detailed assessment of the research, comments on its potential impact, and perspectives on its use. “By providing this rich and rapid evaluation of new results, eLife hopes peer-reviewed preprints will become a reliable indicator of quality in medical research, rather than journal impact factor,” eLife states.
“With the growing number of medical preprints appearing online, it makes sense to have a system for reviewing them that allows readers to see at a glance whether new results are trustworthy,” says Diane Harper, eLife’s deputy editor. “For authors, it’s great to be able to offer this solution for having their work published and reviewed as quickly as possible, especially when their findings may have important implications for human health.”
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