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August 13, 2012

Why you shouldn’t publish in PNAS

Filed under: PNAS sucks,science — Razib Khan @ 6:41 pm

Update: It’s online.

Well, maybe the title is hyperbolic. But it’s been frustrating for years that PNAS seems to have some of the most backward post-publication delay policies/patterns in the business. So, for example there’s a new paper in PNAS which is being covered in the media extensively with a DOI link released, but the paper still isn’t on the website. This allows David Reich free reign to do a little amusing slap-slap without any paper to check him:

….The PNAS paper questioning Neanderthal admixture addresses issues swirling around two years ago but not Reich and Slatkin’s latest work. “It’s been an issue for several years. They were right to work on this,” says Reich. But now “it’s kind of an obsolete paper,” he says.

And of course Reich’s group put their preprint up on arXiv yesterday (though the linked piece above says that it’s already been accepted into PLoS Genetics), so we can slice & dice it while we’re waiting on PNAS.

My primary reason for putting a whole post on this issue, which Ed Yong has mentioned many times, is that Twitter kept buzzing (at least my feed) about when the paper was going live earlier ...

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