The initiative began following a workshop held in 2010 at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus, attended by a number of leading scientists. The participants concluded that there was a need for a model of academic publishing that better suits the needs of the research community.
A team of highly regarded, experienced and actively practising scientists ensures fair, swift and transparent editorial decisions followed by rapid online publication.
The editorial team are editorially independent of the funders. They rely on their scientific expertise and active research experience to identify the best papers, make scientifically based judgements and exercise leadership in steering these papers through peer review.
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