It’s the first workweek of 2016 [resolution: make sure you publish these on time!]. You are undoudtedly being bombarded about what you should be doing now that we are in a new year. Go to the gym more, publish openly, review openly...etc. etc. Some of these suggestions will be presented in a nice list form so that you can better share them or so that you can read it without really taking more than 3 minutes to read it. Well we are no exception here, except with a dash of snark that we hope will encourage you to read and more importantly to act.
Publish your peer reviews, publish your journal clubs. Here’s why:
- Because we said so!
- Journal clubs are tremendously valuable. There’s no good reason we should not be publishing them.
- You now have a place that you can publish them and get the standard tools previously only afforded to journal articles (DOI & permanent archival). Submit!
- You get another “publication” to stack on your resume. You did it, right? Well why not get credit for it?
- Help the scientific community advance by adding critical remarks to the literature. Others can learn from your work and you can learn from others work.
- What better way to train peer reviewers than to publish them openly. What better way to train critical thinking?
- Make enemies…okay, we don’t think that will happen b/c your journal clubs/peer reviews will be fairly balanced and objective, right?
- This is more than just a comment box at the end of an article. This is an article in itself, but it’s also a review.
- We are only adding this number because odd lists tend to get a better readership. Proof.