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Journal news for 20-27 January

26th Jan 2012

A brief summary of recent news related to journals and scientific publishing. Datasets International The open access publisher Hindawi has launced Datasets International, which "aims at helping researchers in all academic disciplines archive, document, and distribute the datasets produced in their research to the entire academic community." For a processing charge of $300 authors can upload an apparently unlimited amount of data under a Creative Commons CC0 licence (and associated dataset papers... Read more

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Choosing a journal IV: peer review procedure

22nd Jan 2012

This the fourth post in my series on choosing a journal, following posts on getting your paper published quickly, getting it noticed, and practicalities. Most journals use the usual procedure for peer review: The editors first decide whether to reject the manuscript immediately or send it to peer reviewers Unless the manuscript is rejected, the editors send the manuscript to 2-3 reviewers The reviewers provide reports on the manuscript The editors decide, using the reports, whether to reject... Read more

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Journal News

19th Jan 2012

A brief summary of recent news related to journals and scientific publishing. Journal of Errology A new venture came to my notice this week that aims to provide "an experimental online research repository that enables sharing and discussions on those unpublished futile hypothesis, errors, iterations, negative results, false starts and other original stumbles that are part of a larger successful research in biological sciences." It is not clear whether the Journal of Errology will succeed, but it... Read more

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