Journals should allow researchers to coordinate publication: Opinion

July 8, 2021
Scientists fear being “scooped” by others who have completed similar research and are about to publish, writes Josh Hardy, and this fear fuels a replication crisis in academic research. To help abate this fear, Hardy recommends that journals enable researchers to collaborate on their publications. The author notes that preprints provide a way of seeing the final stages of other academics’ projects and enable academics to contact each other to collaborate and potentially coordinate publication. However, Hardy explains that researchers who do coordinate on publication may find the process challenging, because journals treat papers as different studies with separate editors and reviewers. “[I]f we are serious about developing robust theories and evidence-based medicines, collaboration also needs to be better enabled,” writes Hardy. Times Higher Ed (Subscription required) (Editorial)