A group of researchers funded by the NIH Post-GWAS Initiative have produced a draft standards document for the cancer genomics field entitled “Principles for the post-GWAS functional characterisation of risk loci” that can be found in preprint form at Nature Precedings archive. This document is intended for publication as a Perspective in Nature Genetics. Because field-specific criteria supported by broad consensus are more likely to be useful, we have decided to invite all stakeholders to become co-authors or peer referees of this document in place of editorially supervised peer review. This is very much an experiment, some editorial judgment may be needed, or formal expert review may or may not be needed in this case.
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