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Chemists to get preprint server of their own

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Science  19 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6301, pp. 740
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6301.740

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Following the leads of the physics, mathematics, social science, and biology communities, chemists will soon have a preprint server of their own to share early results. The server, spearheaded by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the discipline's dominant professional organization and a leading publisher, will face a culture that, like biomedicine, has long held tight to results prior to peer review. A majority of ACS's journals now accept papers that first appeared as preprints, but some still refuse them. The new server, dubbed ChemRxiv, will join a crop of preprint sites begun this year that imitate arXiv, the decades-old physics hub, including engrXiv and SocArXiv, for engineering and social science, respectively.