Roger Bacon on ignorance and peer review

The Franciscan philosopher Roger Bacon (c1214-1294), who some regard as the father of modern science, argued in his great text Opus Majus that there were four sources of ignorance. Frail and unsuited authority The influence of custom The opinion of the unlearned crowd The concealment of our ignorance in a display of apparent wisdom I … Continue reading Roger Bacon on ignorance and peer review

Preprints are beginning to arrive in biology, will medicine be next?

Preprints, long used in physics, astronomy and mathematics, finally seem to be catching on in the life sciences. A recent online seminar, hosted by internet reference linking organization Crossref, showcased the benefits that preprints can lend to biology researchers. Preprints serve to bridge the often lengthy period between submission to a peer-reviewed journal and official … Continue reading Preprints are beginning to arrive in biology, will medicine be next?