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Publons is a startup project and a website focusing on the peer review process. Thus, it is the next attempt to solve the widely discussed problems concerning a crucial point of scientific publishing. “Just as the electron is the fundamental unit of electricity, the publon is the fundamental unit of publishable content – “the elementary quantum of scientific research which justifies publication”. Whenever you see ‘publon’, think ‘research paper’” says FAQ on the Publons.com website. This means that you can understand its name simply as “research papers”. This general name is not accidental, since Publons has set a general but […]
Terms like ‘open peer review’ and ‘post publication peer review’ are more and more popular and at the same time quite misleading. The Internet provides an opportunity to make work available to a broad audience at very low cost, thus there is less reason to wait for formal reviews, leading to a thin line between published and unpublished work. Peer review is the system of quality control in modern academic publishing. The idea behind it is simple: each paper or book has to be checked by one, two or more specialists working in the same field as the author(s) of […]
Problem of content quality is essential for scientific publishing. John Bohanon’s and Jeffrey Beal’s work have exposed bottom tier of Open Access (OA) publishers, without showing how good the best of them can be. Quality of the bottom tier is much more present in discussions on Open Access which remains in contrast to discourse on traditional journals, which is usually focused on the best ones of them. Majority of Open Access journals are relatively new and have not been able to elaborate significant Impact Factor (IF) yet (although OA journals with high IF do exists also). But, despite what some […]
We are pleased to publish an interview with Dr. Sally Severino on Open Science dot com. Dr. Severino received her M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a prominent New York based Freudian psychoanalyst, she was the first female President of the American College of Psychoanalysts. Her first book, “Becoming Fire”, was an instant hit among fellow scientists. She now resides in New Mexico. Recently she has published a book “Behold Our Moral Body. Psychiatry, Duns Scotus, and Neuroscience” with De Gruyter Open. You are a psychiatrist, what turns you to studies on morality? I think there were […]
Paladyn is a behavioral robotics journal now published online only. The journal began in 2010 and has already published 4 volumes. It is worth mentioning that behavioral robotics is a relatively narrow and new field, so it was not easy for Paladyn to gain readership. The first three volumes were published in collaboration with Springer and were subscription based, but it was hard to maintain this kind of journal on a low subscription market. That is why its fourth volume was published by Versita (which is now the De Gruyter Open brand) in an Open Access model. The publication costs […]