Aims And Scope
microPublication is a new entrant to the emerging genre of rapidly-published research communications. Such journals aim to transform science publication by publishing single, validated results that include novel findings, negative and/or reproduced results, and results that are perceived to lack high impact. Each article of a microPublication journal is peer-reviewed, assigned a DOI, and published online as HTML and PDF. However, we differ from other journals in this space such as Science Matters and BMC Research Notes, in the Biological Sciences for example, in one fundamental way: research results contained in the article are curated and, upon publication, deposited to and integrated in community-directed authoritative databases, e.g., WormBase. As such, microPublication journals short circuit the publication-to-database process, placing new findings directly into information discovery spaces. Seamlessly and behind the scenes, microPublication turns the scientific publishing process into a curatorial one, too.
microPublication journals only accept high-quality data and work. Submitted results must be original work that has not been published elsewhere. Experiments and or analyses must be well-described and appropriately interpreted. Each submission must include a complete description of the result with accompanying reagents, resources, tools, and methodologies that were used in the experiment and an analysis. The result is validated through employing appropriate controls and replicates, which are part of this description. See author guidelines for specific information about acceptable data. We take any result including and especially those that typically do not make it into publication, these include stand-alone results, negative results, reproduced results, and results that are perceived to lack high-impact. We will publish only those articles that have been through our peer-review system. See our guidelines on peer-review for more information.
Prior Publication Policy
microPublication does not accept submissions of work that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or repositories. We do not consider publication as an academic thesis, electronic preprint, or abstract as a prior publication.
microPublication is an open-access journal available to anyone with online access. microPublication Biology in particular, publishes research relevant to all members of the science community interested in the biological sciences.