Michael Eisen wants peer review comments on his paper

By Razib Khan | February 20, 2013 10:29 pm

This is great, Please review our new paper: Sequencing mRNA from cryo-sliced Drosophila embryos to determine genome-wide spatial patterns of gene expression:

It’s no secret to people who read this blog that I hate the way scientific publishing works today. Most of my efforts in this domain have focused on removing barriers to the access and reuse of published papers. But there are other things that are broken with the way scientists communicate with each other, and chief amongst them is pre-publication peer review. I’ve written about this before, and won’t rehash the arguments here, save to say that I think we should publish first, and then review. But one could argue that I haven’t really practiced what I preach, as all of my lab’s papers have gone through peer review before they were published.

No more. From now on we are going to post all of our papers online when we feel they’re ready to share – before they go to a journal. We’ll then solicit comments from our colleagues and use them to improve the work prior to formal publication. Physicists and mathematicians have been doing this for decades, as have an increasing number of biologists. It’s time for this to become standard practice.

Some ground rules. I will not filter comments except to remove obvious spam. You are welcome to post comments under your name or under a pseudonym – I will not reveal anyone’s identity – but I urge you to use your real name as I think we should have fully open peer review in science.

OK. Now for the paper, which is posted on arxiv and can be linked to, cited there. We also have a copy here, in case you’re having trouble with figures on arXiv.

Peter A. Combs and Michael B. Eisen (2013). Sequencing mRNA from cryo-sliced Drosophila embryos to determine genome-wide spatial patterns of gene expression. 

Please leave comments on Eisen’s post.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/em.mcconnell Michael McConnell

    Nice paper.

  • http://twitter.com/zenndiagram Zenn Diagram

    I was waiting for your weekly “open thread” to ask this question, but it seems that there won’t be one. I’m working on my homeschool curriculum. I’m wondering what books on evolution you might recommend for intelligent non-biologists. The students will know basic algebra and practical statistics. Although the students will be (my) children I am not looking for children’s books.

    I have “The Selfish Gene” on my tentative list, but I haven’t read it yet so I can’t judge its quality. I’m also not a fan of Dawkins and he seems to be a bit of a creationist when it comes to humans. Also on the list is Darwin’s Origin of Species, but it is mostly for historical value, since it is still rather Lamarkian and doesn’t cover genetics or drift. So right now I have those two on my list and I’d like a third.

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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com

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