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Open and collaborative review of scientific articles: are we ready for the next step?

Whether performed by one person alone or by many people, the readers of the resulting scientific article would never know about what had actually happened during the critical review of the manuscript, which sometimes ends in closed negotiations among editors, reviewers and authors. This closed feature of scientific peer reviewing has endured for at least 300 years. Is now the time to change this practice? We think so! 

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