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Saturday, August 26, 2017

What about postprint servers?

Various article version types, including pre and post.
Source: SHERPA/ROMEO.
Now that preprint servers are picking up speed, let's talk about postprint servers. Sure, we have plenty of places to place and find discussions about the content of articles (e.g. PubPeer, PubMed Commons, ...), and sure we have retractions and corrections.

But what if we could just make revisions of articles?

And I'm not only talking about typo-fixes, but also clarifications that show up during post-publication peer-review. Not about full revisions; if a paper is wrong, then this is not the method of choice. They should happen frequently either, but sometimes it is just convenient. Maybe to fix broken website URLs?

One point is, ResearchGate, Academia, Mendeley, and the likes allow you to host versions, but we need to track the fixes and versioned DOIs. That metadata is essential: it is the FAIRness of the post-publication life time of a publication.