In the summer of 2017, we conducted a survey to assess scientists' opinions on the value and potential barriers related to reading and reviewing preprints at journal clubs. In this short article we present and discuss the results of the survey as well as how these results helped us shape our approach at PREreview.
This is a review of the bioRxiv preprint "EMT network-based feature selection improves prognosis prediction in lung adenocarcinoma" by Borong Shao, Maria Bjaanæs, Åslaug Helland, Christof Schütte, Tim Conrad, doi:10.1101/410472. This review was compiled from a discussion during the live-streamed Bioinformatics preprint journal club as part of an Open Access Week effort organized by the PREreview team and PLOS. Event details can be found here, and the collaborative Etherpad showing all the journal club notes can be found here.In addition to those named as authors above, the participants who wished to be acknowledged for their contributions to this review are as follows: Samantha Hindle, Paul Goetsch, and Bradly Alicea.
I started writing this memo while on an airplane, flying back from sunny San Diego. While definitely one of the highlights of the trip, the sunshine was not the reason for my visit to Southern California. Instead, I was there with hundreds of other auditory neuroscientists from all over the world to attend the 41th MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO).
Imagine you are at your friend's party, and you are listening to a story about her last trip. Even though music is playing and other people are talking, you can probably understand what she is saying. But if you have hearing problems, you might find it hard to follow the conversation. Why is that? Our brains only pay attention to parts of the sound that we are trying to understand. In this case in your friend's voice there are some parts that help your brain listen to her instead of the music. I study how the areas of the brain that have the job of making you hear do exactly this. I want to help people with hearing problems to understand their friends' voices even when there is loud music.
This is a preprint journal club review of Cortical Representations of Speech in a Multi-talker Auditory Scene by Krishna C Puvvada, Jonathan Z Simon. The preprint was originally posted on bioRxiv on April 10, 2017 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/124750). The authors have responded to this review, and you can find the comments on bioRxiv. The article is now published in The Journal of Neuroscience (DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0938-17.2017).