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The RAPIDPapers Standards: Journal-Free Publishing Guidelines

Oliver Zolman MD

The problem

Publishing in journals 

  1. Takes months
  2. Costs thousands 
  3. Is analogue
  4. Does not provide full data
  5. Is paywalled 
  6. Has a normal distribution of quality

The solution

Journal-free Publishing RAPIDPapers Standards

  1. Takes hours
  2. Costs nothing
  3. Is digital
  4. Provides full data
  5. Is free
  6. Ensures publishing quality checklists

The RAPIDPapers rules

  1. You can publish research on your own website 
  2. All RAPIDPapers must meet the RAPIDPapers checklist

The checklist

  1. All papers must be free 
  2. All papers should be published as a webpage, not as a PDF
  3. A DOI must be made for each page (paper)
  4. The page may be updated but all previous versions and edits should be recorded, this should be all under the same DOI 
  5. Raw data should be shown to peer-reviewers in a hard to fraud format, e.g. sent directly from a 3rd party or intermediary software where possible, or as a video if not possible, the exact format and process should be reported in the methods section
  6. Authors and Peer reviewers should be named along with all post nominal letters, their comprehensive systematic conflict of interests shown (see oliverzolman.com/RAPIDPapers), their LinkedIn profile URL shown and email address in easy (i.e. not reverse) copyable format
  7. Peer reviewers can be paid but it should be stated why they were paid, how much they were paid and why an unpaid peer reviewer could not be used
  8. All peer review discussion should be published as a verbatim transcript or summary as part of the paper and updated ongoingly 
  9. Peer review should be open to everyone to comment ongoingly as long as they show their comprehensive systematic conflict of interests
  10. Authors should respond in writing to all peer review ASAP which will go on record on the paper  
  11. Ethics approval should be sought when legally required, however case reports such as n=1 studies that are not necessarily generalisable may not need ethics approval, but you should contact your ethics board either way. Your ethics board submission and written responses should be recorded in full in each paper. 
  12. All data related to study participants should be anonymous unless approved by ethics board or unless it is an N=1 study with written informed consent from the subject   
  13. Abstract, introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, financial source and author conflicts of interest order format should be used as per standard
  14. Abstract, introductions, methods, discussion, financial source and author conflcits of interest may be skipped if they are referenced to an umbrella version that covers multiple sets of data
  15. Graph format is encouraged over table format 
  16. Colour coding of table results, with a legend, is encouraged 
  17. Interactive data to enable different views or information is encouraged
  18. Video and audio explanations are encouraged EMBEDDED INLINE into the paper e.g. via youtube or audio/video file upload
  19. All anonymised raw data should be hosted in a cloud drive link attached to the paper, e.g. DropBox, Box, Sync.com, raw data should be in excel or similar format and in English
  20. All papers should be in English in full
  21. In the Abstract: PICOTS format must be used at some point in the abstract (Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcomes, Timecourse, Setting) with each of these words in Bold or italics or underline or colour.     
  22. Bonferroni correction and adjusted bonferroni correction should always be mentioned why they were not done if they were not done, and are encouraged to be used
  23. Explanations why a particular hypothesis test was used and not others should always be provided 
  24. Explanation to why any relevant standard e.g. AGREE-2, AMSTAR-2, PRISMAs, CONSORT, STROBE was not used should be provided as relevant to the type of study being published 
  25. In the Abstract it should say RAPIDPapers criteria were used and an URL link should be provided to the RAPIDPapers current Checklist
  26. New additions to the RAPIDPapers Checklist should be added to older published RAPIDPapers Checklist compliant papers when they are released

Ageing RAPIDPapers database

The Ageing RAPIDPapers database will include all searchable RAPIDPapers related to aging and will be hosted at www.oliverzolman.com/rapidpapers. However RAPIDPapers is a quality standards checklist for self-publishing and does not require listing on the database, like with PRISMA, CONSORT, STROBE etc., these are standards that have no requirement to list on their formal database, where possible. 

Why not Cureus or Bioarxiv?

Cureus does not meet all of the aforementioned criteria, which I believe to be beneficial, however submission to RAPIDPapers would enable submission to Cureus which is PubMed indexed 

Bioarxiv and similar pre-print servers are just servers and commentary plus DOI systems, and serves for no peer review or quality criteria, however submission to RAPIDPapers would enable submission to Bioarxiv or other pre-print servers which can boost exposure

Can RAPIDPapers become PubMed indexed?

Yes but this normally requires 1 - 2 years from my knowledge, but we will work towards this

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