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The democratization of scientific publishing

Published on Jan 18, 2019in BMC Medicine 8.29
· DOI :10.1186/s12916-019-1249-1
Clare Fiala3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Mount Sinai Hospital),
Eleftherios P. Diamandis97
Estimated H-index: 97
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Abstract
Where should I submit my paper? This is a question that young scientists and trainees frequently ask. In this Commentary, we advise on how to make such a decision whilst balancing the risks and benefits. We argue that trying to publish in top tier journals may not always be the best option and that publishing in indexed, open access journals may expose research to the same or larger audiences. The value of research should not be judged according to the publishing journal’s name, but rather from other measures of impact such as successful commercialization of new technologies, number of citations, and downloads. We also highlight the role of mentors, who have the responsibility to protect the long-term interests of their trainees by balancing the consequences of acceptances and rejections.
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Published on Nov 5, 2018in Nature 43.07
Richard Van Noorden23
Estimated H-index: 23
The Wellcome Trust has also announced how it will implement the plan, which could provide a blueprint for others. The Wellcome Trust has also announced how it will implement the plan, which could provide a blueprint for others.
Published on May 18, 2018in Science 41.04
Matthew Hutson3
Estimated H-index: 3
Computer science was born of a rebellious, hacker culture, a spirit that lives on in the publishing culture of artificial intelligence (AI). The burgeoning field is increasingly turning to conference publications and free, open-review websites while shunning traditional outlets—sentiments dramatically expressed in a growing boycott of a high-profile AI journal. As of 15 May, about 3000 people, mostly academic computer scientists, had signed a petition promising not to submit, review, or edit art...
Published on May 1, 2018in Clinical Biochemistry 2.43
Clare Fiala3
Estimated H-index: 3
(MSH: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto),
Eleftherios P. Diamandis97
Estimated H-index: 97
(U of T: University of Toronto)
Abstract Irreproducibility is a widely recognized problem harming scientific progress. Here, we classify types of scientific irreproducibility based on deleteriousness using a cancer analogy: benign, pre-malignant and malignant. We discuss the difficulties of challenging potentially irreproducible papers, especially in high impact journals and/or by famous authors. We advocate for high impact journals publishing papers with large translation value, to implement mandatory author reflections on th...
Published on May 1, 2018in Nature 43.07
Emily Sohn3
Estimated H-index: 3
Mental illness can be devastating — but there are ways to fight it, say four researchers who have known those bleak times. Mental illness can be devastating — but there are ways to fight it, say four researchers who have known those bleak times.
Published on Mar 6, 2018in Nature Biotechnology 31.86
Teresa M. Evans5
Estimated H-index: 5
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Lindsay Bira2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 2 AuthorsNathan L. Vanderford9
Estimated H-index: 9
With mental illness a growing concern within graduate education, data from a new survey should prompt both academia and policy makers to consider intervention strategies.
Published on Dec 1, 2017in BMC Medicine 8.29
Eleftherios P. Diamandis97
Estimated H-index: 97
(Mount Sinai Hospital)
The uses and misuses of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) have been thoroughly discussed in the literature. A few years ago, I predicted that JIF would soon be replaced, while another colleague argued the opposite. Over the past few months, attacks on JIF have intensified, with some publishing organizations gradually removing the indicator from their journals’ websites. Here, I argue that most, if not all of the misuses of JIF are related to its name. The word “impact” should be removed, since it ...
Published on Sep 21, 2017in F1000Research
Clare Fiala3
Estimated H-index: 3
(MSH: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto),
Eleftherios P. Diamandis3
Estimated H-index: 3
(U of T: University of Toronto)
Scientific irreproducibility is a major issue that has recently increased attention from publishers, authors, funders and other players in the scientific arena. Published literature suggests that 50-80% of all science performed is irreproducible. While various solutions to this problem have been proposed, none of them are quick and/or cheap. Here, we propose one way of reducing scientific irreproducibility by asking authors to revisit their previous publications and provide a commentary after fi...
Published on Aug 1, 2017in Clinical Biochemistry 2.43
Clare Fiala3
Estimated H-index: 3
(MSH: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto),
Eleftherios P. Diamandis97
Estimated H-index: 97
(U of T: University of Toronto)
Abstract We present emerging models of publishing which have grown from the phenomenon of open access, the changing role of peer review in the scientific process and the new position of the impact factor. We juxtapose the new models of paid review, eponymous review, no review, post publication review and light review with the classic model which has dominated for a century, detailing advantages, problems and examples of each model to provide a comprehensive overview of the changing landscape of ...
Published on Mar 2, 2017in F1000Research
Sk Chua1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Monash University Malaysia Campus),
Ahmad Munir Qureshi5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Monash University Malaysia Campus)
+ 9 AuthorsPy Kew1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Monash University Malaysia Campus)
Background Citations of papers are positively influenced by the journal’s impact factor (IF). For non-open access (non-OA) journals, this influence may be due to the fact that high-IF journals are more often purchased by libraries, and are therefore more often available to researchers, than low-IF journals. This positive influence has not, however, been shown specifically for papers published in open access (OA) journals, which are universally accessible, and do not need library purchase. It is ...
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Published in Clinical Biochemistry 2.43
Clare Fiala3
Estimated H-index: 3
(MSH: Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto),
Eleftherios P. Diamandis97
Estimated H-index: 97
(U of T: University of Toronto)
Published on May 1, 2019in Clinical Biochemistry 2.43
Clare Fiala3
Estimated H-index: 3
,
Clare Fiala (Mount Sinai Hospital)
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Journal of Korean Medical Science 1.72
Armen Yuri Gasparyan21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust),
Marlen Yessirkepov7
Estimated H-index: 7
+ 2 AuthorsGeorge D. Kitas57
Estimated H-index: 57
(University of Manchester)