Tag: publishing

Unraveling the mysteries of preprints and peer review

A database assembles thousands of science journals’ editorial policies to boost transparency and accessibility. The Transpose database, which launched on 13 June, was compiled by a mostly US-based group of researchers working towards reforming publishing. The database includes details about peer review, preprints and editorial policies that are often difficult or impossible to find on…

Scam Science Journals and "The Simpsons"

Scam Science Journals and “The Simpsons” (Skeptic)

Donald Prothero discusses the rise of predatory online “junk” journals willing to publish any paper for money—even when the paper is composed entirely of the phrase, “Get me off your f*cking mailing list.”

But as more and more journals go to online-only publishing, and especially “open access” publishing (anyone can read online them for free), this cost barrier has nearly vanished—and with it, the incentives for rigorous peer review and quality control. In an effort to make more journals “open access,” many of the new electronic journals now…