What goes behind simultaneous publications?

It is always fascinating to see interesting papers addressing similar questions at the same time top ranked journals; either on the same journal or even different journals.  The biggest question that comes to mind is not the “science-y” aspect of the papers, how did that happen? What went behind the simultaneous publications?

Earlier this month The Scientist had an interesting article titled

  • Simultaneous ReleaseCoordinating the submission of manuscripts can strike a healthy balance between competition and collaboration.

that digged behind the scenes of four simultaneous publications in the recent years. These are not the bad ones like in ENCODE, but good ones. One is on the most recent papers on Neanderthals; one on the rebuttal to the Arsenic paper; one on alternative splicing;  and one the on bees.

The article dwells on how these four simultaneous papers came out. Two of four publications were initiated by the authors.  The authors of these papers describe how the idea of publishing at the same time came and how the journals react favorably to simultaneous publications, even if there are in different journals. It is an interesting read.

It looks like Science magazine is the leader in simultaneous publications, at least in the recent times. Among the four simultaneous publications, three are from Science and one is a simultaneous publications in Science and Nature.

Obviously there are many more simultaneous publications out there. Here are three more recent simultaneous publications that is not covered in the article. Interestingly PRDM9 is the most favorite gene for simultaneous publications (because it can do many things simultaneously :-). For sure the stories behind these papers will also be interesting.

The first simultaneous publication came in Science online in 2008.

Ondrej MiholaZdenek TrachtulecCestmir VlcekJohn C. SchimentiJiri Forejt

22 July 2008; accepted 21 October 2008; Published online 11 December 2008;

Nitin Phadnis, H. Allen Orr

29 July 2008; accepted 7 November 2008; Published online 11 December 2008;

The second simultaneous publication is not two papers, but three papers on PRDM9 . All are in Science Magazine and published online on 31st December 2009 . For sure, the back story will be fascinating.

Emil D. ParvanovPetko M. PetkovKenneth Paigen

3 September 2009; accepted 17 December 2009; Published online 31 December 2009;

F. Baudat,  J. Buard*, C. Grey*, A. Fledel-Alon, C. Ober, M. Przeworski, G. Coop, B. de Massy

16 October 2009; accepted 17 December 2009; Published online 31 December 2009;

Simon Myers, Rory Bowden, Afidalina Tumian, Ronald E. Bontrop, Colin Freeman,Tammie S. MacFie,  Gil McVean, Peter Donnelly

23 September 2009; accepted 17 December 2009; Published online 31 December 2009;

The third simultaneous publication is more recent and for a change it is in Nature.  It is the first eQTL papers that used RNA-seq and came out in Nature 2010.

Joseph K. Pickrell, John C. Marioni, Athma A. Pai, Jacob F. Degner, Barbara E. Engelhardt, Everlyne Nkadori, Jean-Baptiste Veyrieras, Matthew Stephens, Yoav Gilad & Jonathan K. Pritchard

Received 23 September 2009; Accepted 1 February 2010; Published online 10 March 2010

Stephen B. Montgomery, Micha Sammeth, Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus, Radoslaw P. Lach, Catherine Ingle, James Nisbett, Roderic Guigo & Emmanouil T. Dermitzakis

Received 23 September 2009; Accepted 16 February 2010; Published online 10 March 2010

[Update] Then there also the three technical comments published on RNA-Editing in Science :)

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