I will never understand

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I will never understand why it takes bioRxiv so many hours to \’screen\’ a preprint. Here are some solutions.

  1. Ask for volunteer screeners. These are people that have already submitted preprints to bioRxiv in the past, and therefore are \’trustworthy\’. As I\’ve said in the past – I\’d volunteer. Even if people screened a few manuscripts a month this would help the process immensely.
  2. Don\’t screen submitted preprints from known accounts. People that have submitted non-spam manuscripts previously do not have to be rescreened.
  3. Automate the screening process. Only manuscripts that contain the words sex, porn, or Edward Snowden get manually screened. The rest get the automated version and are posted within minutes.