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SpotOn London session: The journal is dead, long live the journal

31st Oct 2012

I'm co-hosting a workshop at SpotOn London next week on the future of journals. It's time to end a long blogging hiatus to tell you about an exciting event coming up on Sunday 11 and Monday 12 November. SpotOn London (formerly called Science Online London) is a community event hosted by Nature Publishing Group for the discussion of how science is carried out and communicated online. There will be workshops on three broad topic areas – science communication and outreach, online tools and digital... Read more

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Crowdsourcing information about journals

24th Jul 2012

Crowdsourced surveys of the experience of authors with journals are useful, but I have found only a few. For now, I propose a simpler survey of information gleaned from journal websites. I was recently alerted by @melchivers (via @thesiswhisperer) to the existence of a blog by SUNY philosopher Andrew Cullison (@andycullison) that includes a set of journal surveys for the field. As Cullison explains in an overview post, the surveys consist of Google Docs spreadsheets, one for each journal, and a... Read more

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Acceptance to publication time

13th Jun 2012

Journals vary a lot in how long they take to publish accepted papers. Publication speed is one factor that many authors take into account when choosing a journal. The time from submission to publication in a peer reviewed journal can be split into three phases: The time from submission from the first decision The time needed for the authors to revise The time from acceptance to publication The second of these cannot generally be controlled by the journal, because different papers need different... Read more

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