A forum that allows reporting well-supported single observations is a timely innovation in science publishing that will allow labs to quickly publish important findings that are not part of a larger project.
— Prof. Tom Südhof, Nobel Laureate, 2013
Journals insist that papers should contain a story. And some demand that the story should not be descriptive but reveal the underlying mechanism. What pretense! We need a journal that publishes observations. This is what matters and this is what Matters does.
— Prof. Kai Simons
Observations matter in science: report them for what they are, no more, no less.
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Research findings submitted to ScienceMatters enter a triple-blind peer-review process, meaning that the editors have no personal information on the authors, and the authors don’t know who the reviewers are. If a submission meets the requirements, it’s published within two weeks (for the first few issues it will take longer as we are testing the process) along with the reviewer’s comments.
Despite the emphasis on discrete observations, Matters’ founders believe good stories could still emerge from the fragments. The journal will enable reports on related observations—by the originating authors or others—to be linked, so researchers could build narratives from collections of published observations.