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An App for Papers?

This week, Joe Pickrell at Genomes Unzipped asks why researchers publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. He writes that the current journal system is costly, time-consuming, and random, among other things. As an alternative, Pickrell envisions a system of immediate publication, connected to a social media network, in which readers could recommend papers and researchers could search for them based on the community's opinions or rankings.

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