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Jul 30, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
An experiment in conference twitter: an album of a few favorite slides from others' presentations at #ICAE2018. I hope they'll tell a story!
Why do top journals in health sciences prevent us from sharing results before publication, even for articles that will be open access?

In other fields, scientists post working papers and get pre-publication feedback (including via twitter) to improve article quality.

Embargoes against sharing before publication, even for open-access articles, make sense to me only for publicity when the paper appears.

The resulting study-a-day media coverage is itself a problem, exaggerating the importance of new studies relative to previous knowledge.
Pre-publication embargoes in pursuit of media coverage seem most common for journals that run ads for lab equipment & materials. They use articles to attract traffic for their journal as a news source, which can make an article's fame & notoriety more valuable than its quality.
Why do researchers agree to comply with pre-publication embargoes? Beats me. I just post all my work here: sites.tufts.edu/willmasters.
The next step after #openaccess and post-publication embargoes could be an end to pre-publication restrictions. If we did that, @chronicle & @insidehighered etc., rather than scientific journals, would be our news sources. Academic twitter & @scholarlykitchn, what do you think?

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