Last November, Journal of Neuroscience abolished supplemental materials -- the extra figures and tables that appear online, but not in the printed version of a paper. Editor-in-chief linkurl:John Maunsell; argued linkurl:in an editorial; that the escalating amount of supplemental materials had begun to devalue the peer review process.
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The decision highlights a tension between the need for rigorous peer review of scientific research and the desire to provide as much data as possible to the scientific community."More data, in and of itself, is always a good thing -- if there aren't adverse effects," said Maunsell, who is also a neuroscientist at Harvard University. But peer review was becoming less effective because many reviewers failed to evaluate the supplemental materials, which the journal wasn't even required to provide, he explained. "We were taking a hit on peer review for something that wasn't formally our responsibility."Usually embraced as...
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