Monday, June 27, 2011

HHMI, Max Planck and Wellcome Trust Announce Plans for new Open Access Journal

The top-tier organizations in the biomedical and life sciences have announced plans to launch an open access journal in the summer of 2012. The plans are the result of a 2010 workshop at HHMI's Janelia Farm, where participants concluded there is a new for a new publishing model. There are several key themes for the new effort - more efficient, responsive publication of research, editorial participation by actively practicing scientists, a digital-only presence, and a move away from requests for modifications or follow-on studies that extend the publication process.

There is hope that this kind of approach to sharing of research findings can help speed the pace of discovery.