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Physicists do it, chemists do it, astronomers do it, neurobiologists and geneticists and other basic biomedical researchers do it, but medical researchers have until now been reluctant to do it: submit their research papers to a preprint server, a website for sharing manuscripts before they are peer reviewed, let alone published by a journal.

After years of planning, however, medRxiv (pronounced “med archive”) posted its first preprints on Tuesday, finally bringing the health sciences into the preprint era. (arXiv, for math, computer science, statistics, and more, launched in 1991.)

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