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January highlights from the world of scientific publishing

1st Feb 2014

Some of what I learned last month from Twitter: new journals, new policies and post-publication reviews at PLOS, and some suggestions for how journals should work. New journals Three new journals have been announced that find new and very different ways to publish research. The most conventional is the Journal of Biomedical Publishing, a journal aiming to publish articles about publishing. It will be open access (with a low fee of 100 Euros) and promises only 2-4 days between acceptance and online... Read more

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December highlights from the world of scientific publishing

7th Jan 2014

Some of what I learned last month from Twitter: takedowns, luxury journals, moves in peer review services and more. 'Luxury journals' A big talking point on my Twitter feed in December was the provocative comments about journal publishing made by Randy Sheckman as he received his Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. Writing in the Guardian on 9 December, he criticised the culture of science that rewards publications in 'luxury journals' (which he identified as Nature, Cell and Science). He said... Read more

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November highlights from the world of scientific publishing

2nd Dec 2013

Some of what I learned this month from Twitter: new preprint server, Google Scholar Library, papers on citations and p-values, and the most networked science conference ever BioRxiv In what could be a major development in the culture of publishing, a preprint server for biology, BioRxiv, was launched this month. It is based on the long-running arXiv preprint server used by physicists (and increasingly quantitative biologists). Nature News had a good summary. Google Scholar Library Google Scholar... Read more

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