A major goal of microPublication Biology is to accelerate scientific discovery by making all technically sound research results freely open to the public through peer-reviewed publications and accompanying integration with other biomedical information via authoritative databases. This goal also provides researchers with credit for their findings through microPublication citations.
General types of results suitable for microPublication:
- Exciting new research findings or reagents that you want to rapidly place in the public domain; submitted microPublications can be reviewed and published in microPublication Biology within a week.
- Experimental findings that did not fit into the narrative of an existing publication, remaining in your lab notebook/file drawer/computer and thus unknown to the scientific community.
- New experimental findings that you do not anticipate fitting into future publications. Note: if your plans change, these findings can then be included as a citable peer-reviewed publication that supports your work.
- An experimental finding that is viewed as a “negative result”, but is important for the field. For example, a null mutation in an organism that does not result an obvious mutant phenotype (a wild-type null phenotype). Publication of these “negative results” provides potentially hypothesis-generating genetic information as well as can save other researchers from spending time and money repeating the same analysis.
- Experimental findings that provide valuable supporting information for a field – successful replication of recently published work, or just as important, cautionary information – unsuccessful replication of published work.
- Experimental findings included in an existing publication as an “unpublished observation” and thus not visible to the scientific community and not officially published.
- Experimental findings derived from small projects, for example undergraduate summer research projects, graduate rotation projects, that stand alone and are not necessarily part of a larger effort.
You can include microPublication Biology articles in your Curriculum Vitae.
To avoid confusion with other publications, we recommend that your microPublication articles are included in a separate section with the heading “microPublications”.
microPublication submissions are open to all levels of researchers
Whether you are a Principal Investigator (PI), postdoctoral researcher, a current graduate student, or just completed your degree, undergraduate, or work in industry, micropublishing provides a route for you to receive credit for your findings and to get those data that do not fit into full-length articles into the public domain.
Please note that manuscripts need to be approved for submission by the funding-supported PI. PI approval can be entered through the online data submission form on the microPublication Biology site.