The Ingelfinger to Open Science

The Authorea Team

The Ingelfinger rule is a policy started by Franz Ingelfinger in 1969 (Definition of Sole C....). Franz, the editor of The New England Journal of Medicine at the time, implemented the policy in order to protect the originality of the journal's publications-- and in effect created arguably one of the most important barriers to open science and preprints today.
The Ingelfinger rule is a policy of considering a manuscript for publication only if it has not been submitted elsewhere, including preprint repositories (like Authorea) and personal websites. This policy has been adopted by many other scientific journals, under the pretense that it encourages authors to get their work peer-reviewed before it is published (Angell 1991).
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