A website and a press release aren’t enough to announce a find to the scientific community–a proper technical paper is absolutely necessary! The process is a long one, but it helps to ensure that only the most accurate information about “Joe” is distributed.
It took around a year to write up the research paper, which provided a detailed, precise description of every aspect of “Joe”‘s anatomy, as well as interpretations of what this anatomy means. Draft after draft was edited and revised, with each author spending hours carefully crafting the text and illustrations.
Having a complete paper written is only the first step! Next, the authors submitted the manuscript to a scientific journal. An editor at the journal sent the paper out to three paleontologists who were not connected with the study. These paleontologists critiqued the paper, providing corrections and suggestions. These were sent back to the authors, who incorporated them into a revised version of the manuscript. This process is called “peer review.”
It was an exciting day when the authors learned that their paper on “Joe” was accepted for publication! The staff at the journal formatted the paper, turning it from raw figures and a word processing document into a visually pleasing publication. The peer-reviewed scientific paper on “Joe” was published in the journal PeerJ on October 22, 2013.
Are you interested in checking out the scientific publication? You can read it for free at PeerJ! The paper is open access, meaning that is is freely readable and usable by anyone, anywhere in the world!
Farke, A. A., D. J. Chok, A. Herrero, B. Scolieri, and S. Werning. 2013. Ontogeny in the tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus (Hadrosauridae) and heterochrony in hadrosaurids. PeerJ 1:e182. http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.182