Proceedings of Peerage of Science – complementing the journal landscape, or yet another new OA journal?

There is no consolidation on the journal front in sight. Rather, new (open access) journals are popping up all over the place. While I’d be happy to dismiss them all on the grounds of adding to the paper flood, it seems that we need these new players to get some changes going in the complacent…

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Nature launches new data journal

Nature Publishing Group is launching a new data journal called “Scientific Data”. The editorial announcement in nature invites submissions of “data descriptors” to the journal, which are described as: Data Descriptor articles are fully fledged, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and will be listed in major indexing services, thereby giving authors the credit they deserve for sharing…

PeerJ – first impressions are positive

Staying with the topic of publishing: when PeerJ was announced last year (see e.g. a Nature News feature), I was a bit skeptical about how this would go, but I have to admit that my impression about the first articles that have been put online this week is quite positive. Not only are there catchy…

Movement in the peer-review system

A news article in the upcoming edition of Nature highlights a new kid on the block in the battle for the publishing system of the future – it’s called Rubriq, a company that wants to “outsource” the review process from the normal publication process. Very similar to what Peerage of Science provides, but as a…

The future of academic publishing

The Economist used a series of blog posts (see here and the following posts) by Cambridge mathematician Timothy Gowers as a reason to ask once more about future of academic publishing. The article titled “The price of information” makes the usual case: publicly payed researchers provide a large part of the production chain of an…