Thursday, September 21, 2006

PLOS one : a new way to publish

Nature recently started an experiment in open-acess online peer reviewing. The concept is simple, the reviewers, from the same field, are open to critisize and submit comments pre-publication, but they do so under their own name. I think this could lead to greater accountability, and better peer review ultimately. But how many are willing to try this experiment? If the paper is not accepted for publication, everyone is free to replicate your experiments and scoop you. PLOS, everybody's favorite open access journal, is going even further by starting a new journal, PLOS one, which will abide by the same principle : open discourse + access + data = open science?