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Open Access Highly Accessed Editorial

Pit-bull reviewing, the pursuit of perfection and the victims of success

Miranda Robertson

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BMC Biology 2011, 9:84  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-9-84

Published: 1 December 2011

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Earlier this year, Hidde Ploegh published in Nature a cri de coeur on the tyranny (sic) of reviewers [1]; more recently, Gregory Petsko, not (according to his own account [2]) generally an advocate of the addition of yet more journals to the existing myriad, extended a welcome [3] to the news of the open access publication to be launched next year by the Howard Hughes Institute, the Wellcome Trust and the Max Planck Institute. Last month, HHMI, Wellcome and MPI released, along with the name of the new journal - eLife - a short manifesto in which they explain what the journal is intended to achieve, and why, and how it will be done.