Rapid publishing and open peer review accelerating research communication in times of crisis – ScienceOpen Blog
"The Zika virus is an international public health emergency, as declared early on in February by the World Health Organisation. As such, it is critical that the global research community help combat this threat as rapidly and efficiently as possible. This is a case when science can quite literally save lives. Recently, an article on the host-vector ratio in the Zika virus was published on the arXiv, a platform for articles often called ‘preprints’. This means that the work has not yet been peer reviewed, and is also not available to comment on the arXiv itself due to functional constraints. The paper is stuck in the hidden, timeless limbo of peer review until its eventual emergence as a paper or ultimate rejection. ScienceOpen harvests the entire content of the arXiv. The research paper is already within our platform, part of a Collection of research articles on the Zika virus (at the top there!), and available for professional and public post-publication peer review, along with more than 100 other related research articles. If we want this research to have the most impact, it needs to be both rapidly communicated and rapidly verified by the research community ..."