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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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,…

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…

Preprints and open access in ecology

In theoretical physics, I was used to the fact that, at the point of submitting a manuscript to a journal, most authors would make this manuscript available to the community by uploading it on a public preprint server (in physics, this server is practically always the arXiv). These preprints also act as a database that…