In the scientific community, early-stage research (including conference posters, metadata, failed results, and raw data) has traditionally been restricted to the offline realm, hidden in printed posters, the pages of lab books, and the files on researchers' laptops and computers. Scientists make progress in their field, secure tenure, and gain notoriety amongst their peers in large part due to the success of their published papers.
Yet final papers only paint a partial picture of the research process, and represent only a fraction of the data that is generated in the months and years it takes to work on a scientific article. While the importance of sharing findings from each step of the research process is starting to gain traction in the research community, many scientists are unaware of how and where they can securely publish their early-stage findings.
Part of our mission at Morressier is to change this by providing authors with the tools they need to share their pre-published work and discover relevant research with ease. We've built the home for early-stage research where authors gain recognition for their work, receive feedback from their peers far earlier in the research process, and openly access the latest findings in their field. Each piece of research that is uploaded to Morressier is assigned a DOI to ensure it is connected to its author in a lasting way online and to provide other scientists with an easy method to cite pre-published findings in their own research. This way, we hope to boost the recognition of early-stage research and provide a more complete picture of a scientist's work.
Universities and institutions also benefit from gaining access to early-stage research. By openly hosting all the pre-published findings that are being shared by their researchers in the one place, universities and institutions can keep track of the latest findings that their researchers are presenting and gain an overview of research trends and focuses from each department. This way, the entire scholarly ecosystem gets one step closer to a more inclusive, open, connected, and data-driven research lifecycle.
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