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Debate: Preprints Are Double-Edged and Their Risks Outweigh Their Benefits

from The Wire

Jay Desai writes: Vasudevan Mukunth, The Wire’s science editor, made some excellent points in his critique (‘The Role of Science Journalism in a World With Preprints‘, August 14, 2018) of an article published in July in Nature News by Tom Sheldon, a senior press manager at the Science Media Centre, London. Somewhat belatedly, I try to address the concerns raised by Mukunth. Though both he and Sheldon have raised interesting points, in general, I agree with Sheldon that preprints are likely to create confusion, distortion and – in my opinion – possibly trigger an avalanche of scientific fake news. And that they need be reconsidered. more

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