Nature Precedings is “a free online service that enables researchers to rapidly share, discuss, and cite their early findings” launched on 18th June. I was really happy to be a beta tester, contribute and help to clear out some bugs. This line is from one of my mails 2 weeks before: “I find the idea of Nature Precedings the most advanced in 2007 on the academic Web.”
Well it is not the most advanced in the sense that it is based on a brand new idea (think about arXiv.org) but it is really advanced in realization, power range and timing as it is the product of the Natureplex, the web 2.5 flagship of mainstream science publishing. Also the poster/presentation uploading option seem quite new (correct me, if I am wrong). Posting posters and presentations is a good idea since a massive portion of scientific results is materialized only in the truly interactive poster/presentation form.
I strongly hope that Nature Precedings won’t be the cemetery of finally unpublished and rejected paper seeds (a working voting system and a focus on posters/presentation can balk this) but the first distribution point of essential science results.
Coverages on Nature Precedings: