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Archives for October 2006
Today we publish urgently an essay from Laurie Garrett calling for urgent action to prevent the execution of six health workers who have been sentenced to death for spreading HIV among Libyan children.
Peter Banks made some thought provoking comment on the liblicence-L listserv last week. Peter is a past president of the Society of National Association Publications. In general he is concerned that Open Access publishing will undermine conventional peer review. In his posting he talks about some the challenges he sees for a review system like that we are using on PLoS ONE. Peter brings up such valid and concrete points that I thought it was worth reposting them here.
Simply a quick heads-up to anyone in the Boston area that I will be giving a talk at MIT on Open Access 2.0, PLoS ONE, and the like next week at the invitation of OpenWetWare. It will be in the Stata Center at 2 o’clock Friday 20th October. There is also a serious danger that it will be videoed and made available over the web.
Many of you may have seen a news piece from Associated Press writer Alicia Chang in the papers on Monday morning entitled things like “Online journals challenge scientific peer review”, “Web journals threaten peer-review system” and “Online Science Journals Challenge Peer-Reviewed Counterparts”. Obviously there are a few things I would have written differently.
Everybody is doing this I know but we also wanted to congratulate Andrew Fire and Craig Mello for winning this year’s Nobel prize for Physiology and Medicine for their work on “RNA interference – gene silencing by double-stranded RNA“.
First of all I have to apologise for the huge lack of blog postings from me in the last weeks. Luckily my colleagues at PLoS Medicine have been keeping you entertained with their new blog. I’ve no excuses to offer except that working on PLoS ONE has left little time even for sleep. To ease me back into the blogging habit I’ll try to back this up.