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[Correspondence] Foot print of a paper: accountability in academic publishing

At the moment, the publishing process is unaccountable to the readers and is not transparent. In a published paper, there is no record of previous submissions to other journals and the comments it might have received in the journey to the final publication. A paper that might have been rejected by three or four journals goes into press, and people hear about the results without any of the background scientific debate and conversation that led to this publication, especially those debates that contributed to the previous rejections.

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