Using preprints for journal clubs

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

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Journal clubs are important mechanisms for teaching how to approach the scientific literature critically and for disseminating findings. Papers from highimpact journals often dominate journal club selections, a practice that reinforces the unscientific emphasis of placing high value on publishing venue rather than scientific content and critical analysis of the publications. We suggest improving journal clubs by including preprints rather than focusing completely on published papers. This change in practice might benefit the scientific enterprise in numerous ways, including by providing direct criticisms to preprint authors before publication, deemphasizing publishing venue, teaching students the art of reviewing papers, and making journal clubs more current by discussing unpublished data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00516-18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Journal club
  • Preprints
  • Publishing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Virology


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