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fast track paper


Definition A term of art for an article in the sciences that is of such newsworthiness that the journal–e.g., Cell, Nature, Science, may choose to either bypass or accelerate the usual peer review and typesetting processes so that it will appear as little as 2 weeks after the manuscript’s submission.

Pros The publisher or journal maintains a reputation for quality reporting, as the papers could have Nobel prize-winning potential

Cons Some hot papers–e.g., cold fusion J Elect Chem, 1989, may prove inaccurate, causing the journal to lose credibility

Synonym Hot paper 

Reference Science 1991; 251:260 

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