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Ebola, Zika Epidemics Highlight Needed Shift To More Open, Speedy Science Publishing

BMJ Blogs: Liz Allen: How Ebola and Zika might help to open up science
Liz Allen, director of strategic initiatives at F1000 and a visiting senior research fellow at the Policy Institute at Kings’ College London, discusses how the Ebola and Zika epidemics could serve as “catalysts” to open and speed up science publishing, writing, “We should use the opportunity of a cross stakeholder call on data sharing to collaboratively rethink how new findings are shared generally … There may be many paths to publishing research in an open science future, but all should enable researchers (and funders) to make research findings and data … available for scrutiny at speed and not just in emergency situations” (2/24).

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