This drawing comes from a video that explains to scientists how it could be possible to publish quickly online without alienating oneself from the traditional journal system. Credit Asapbio.org/Yourekascience.org


March 15, 2016

On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the thirdNobel 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.



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