Nobel winner will no longer publish in top science journals

Monday, December 9, 2013

According to The Guardian, Dr. Randy Schekman, winner of the 2013 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, has chosen not to publish his research in journals Nature, Cell or Science because he alleges that their policies are artificially affecting the scientific process.   "Schekman said pressure to publish in "luxury" journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash."

Dr. Schekman is the Editor-in-Chief of eLife, an Open Access journal for the life sciences.   It is a joint initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust.  According to the eLife web site, "eLife is a unique collaboration between funders and practitioners of research to communicate influential discoveries in the life and biomedical sciences in the most effective way."

Read The Guardian article "Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals"

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