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…

Shaking Up Science

Last week’s Science issue had an interesting News Focus about “Two journal editors [that] take a hard look at honesty in science and question the ethos of their profession” With a bit too much pathos for my taste, but informative nevertheless, the article gives background on Ferric Fang and Arturo Casadevall, two microbiologists, and their…

Particle physics goes open-access

After the UK and the EU announced their plans to purchase a flat-rate open access agreement for parts of their research programs, it became public recently that also the particle physics community has negotiated a deal that will switch nearly all publications in the field to OA. As Nature reports: After six years of negotiation,…