• The Future of Anonymous Peer Review

    The Future of Anonymous Peer Review0

    The standard approach to publish a scientific research output is through peer review, a process through which independent experts scrutinize papers submitted for publication and evaluate their quality and integrity. For years, peer review has been the accepted tool to guarantee the quality of scientific papers. Based on their expertise and independent assessment of the

  • Open and Post Peer Review:  New Trends in Open Access Publications

    Open and Post Peer Review: New Trends in Open Access Publications0

    The quality of scientific publications will benefit from a revolution in the peer review models. The peer review system was created in the 20th century as a means to ensure the quality and integrity of scientific research. Until recently, peer review mostly took place before articles have been published, relying  on ‘single blind’ and ‘double

  • Open Access vs Predator

    Open Access vs Predator0

    Predatory Open Access publishers on the rise The increase in so-called “predatory” Open Access publishers is posing a threat to the integrity of Open Access publishing. Predatory Open Access publishers charge authors high publishing fees without providing proper editorial and peer review services. They are abusing the opportunity created by the Gold Open Access publishing

  • Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Faces Retraction

    Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Faces Retraction0

    Alleged research misconduct leads to public uproar. Less than 2 months ago, a major scientific discovery was made in stem cell science. The 2 studies, both published in the highly acclaimed Nature journal, were led by Dr Haruko Obokata who is based at Japan’s largest research institute, the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology. The studies

  • Open Access Journals: Overgrowth and Erosion of Quality?

    Open Access Journals: Overgrowth and Erosion of Quality?0

    Reigniting the debate on open access journals and peer review. Last week, Science published an article that exposed the shortcomings of Open-Access journals. Author John Bohannon, a science journalist, created fake papers to evaluate the quality of peer review and to find out whether they would be submitted. Bohannon sent his articles to various journals

  • Prestigious Journals Lose Power

    Prestigious Journals Lose Power0

    The most prestigious peer reviewed journals are losing power. They are contributing less and less to the amount of articles getting cited. This is the conclusion of professor Vincent Larivière, who studied the citations of articles published between 1902 and 2009. He now warns scientists to rethink their collective conscience. ‘The impact of journals is