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A Stronger Post-Publication Culture Is Needed for Better Science

In this month's editorial, PLOS Medicine Editorial Board member Hilda Bastian describes the challenges faced by the scientific community in improving post-publication commenting culture.

Post-publication evaluation and commenting are important aspects of the research cycle but cultural issues such as increased incivility, fear of repercussions against junior researchers and the under representation of women's views in science remain barriers to scientific progress.

Ms. Bastian argues that addressing these cultural challenges will lead to better science as well as ensuring that thinking and talking about research reports will remain science's vibrant and compelling intellectual core.

Image Credit: Hilda Bastian