Do paleontologists, or any scientists for that matter, ever stop to think about why they publish? We mean, really think? We all know that academic research progresses by publishing, that articles in journals are the essential bricks whereby the great edifice that we call “Science” is built. We also know that publishing brings rewards in the form of promotion, grants, research assistance, conference attendance, and those mysterious qualities academic stature and reputation. That the system persists suggests that a viable substitute is unwanted, lacking or both, even though imperfections in the publication process occur. For example, honesty is ‘taken as...

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