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Introducing preLights: preprint highlights, selected by the biological community

Posted by on February 23rd, 2018

This editorial by Katherine Brown and Olivier Pourquié was published in Development on 22/02/18. We are excited to announce the launch of preLights (https://prelights.biologists.com/), a new service from The Company of Biologists. preLights is a community platform for selecting, highlighting and commenting on recent preprints from across the biological sciences. With this service, we aim to[…]

Updates from DORA – An interview with Stephen Curry

Posted by on February 7th, 2018

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) was conceived in 2012 at an ASCB meeting, and has since its launch in 2013 has garnered thousands of signatories from individuals and organisations. Its aim is to improve the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated, with a key recommendation being the elimination of journal-based metrics[…]

Going format-free

Posted by on May 30th, 2017

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 11   Katherine Brown, Olivier Pourquié   As some readers will already be aware, we have recently introduced a new ‘format-free’ submission policy. We’ve been delighted by the early feedback on this – from what we’re hearing, this has been a popular move and will help make[…]

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? An interview for Retraction Watch

Posted by on September 21st, 2016

As you may have seen, we at Development have recently announced a change to our peer review process, introducing a cross-referee commenting step. This should be in place within the next week or two, and we’re hoping it will help us to make better decisions on papers, and to make the revision process easier for[…]

Raw Data: a cautionary tale

Posted by on March 4th, 2016

I’ve just finished reading ‘Raw Data’ by Pernille Rørth. As a disclaimer, Pernille ran the lab next door to me when I was a postdoc, and as Editor in Chief at The EMBO Journal helped train me up as an editor – I’ve got a huge amount of respect and liking for her as a scientist[…]

Question of the month- peer review

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

This week the BioMedCentral blog put together a quiz to test how good you are at assessing the best course of action when faced with tricky peer review scenarios. These scenarios make for a fun exercise, but similar situations can and are encountered by you when invited to review manuscripts. However (like many other tasks that are asked from researchers)[…]

What’s the future of peer review?

Posted by on January 3rd, 2013

Jordan Raff’s recent Biology Open editorial on the future of publishing, posted on the Node, sparked quite a debate in the comments section. Much of that discussion focussed on perceived problems with the peer review system in scientific publishing. Particularly with the rise of journals like PLoS One and BiO, it seems that authors are[…]

Publishing ‘dirty’ data

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

How much does it matter that the images we publish are neat and tidy? It’s a question I’ve been dealing with over the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to share some thoughts. Here at Development, as at many journals, we check all figures before publication to try and identify potentially inappropriate image manipulation.[…]

Sunday at The EMBO Meeting – (Mis)folding proteins and an entire session on blastocysts!

Posted by on September 12th, 2011

Here’s my brief roundup of day two at The EMBO Meeting. It started with Susan Lindquist‘s excellent talk on how cells react to stress by synthesising lots of new heat-shock proteins, which help proteins to fold properly. Susan discussed Hsp90 in more detail. It’s a highly specific protein chaperone, helping diverse signalling proteins to fold.[…]

A career in publishing: a developing story

Posted by on January 25th, 2011

In a follow up to Eva’s first post in our alternative careers series about how a research background in developmental biology can lead to a career path that lies outside of research, I hope that my description here of how I made the move from a PhD in developmental genetics to a career in publishing[…]