Maybe we won’t need the other new journal announced yesterday after all.
“Nature’s Publishing Group is launching a new journal, Scientific Reports, announced earlier this month.
The press release makes it clear that it is molded after PLoS ONE: ‘Scientific Reports will publish original research papers of interest to specialists within a given field in the natural sciences. It will not set a threshold of perceived importance for the papers that it publishes; rather, Scientific Reports will publish all papers that are judged to be technically valid and original. To enable the community to evaluate the importance of papers post-peer review, the Scientific Reports website will include most-downloaded, most-emailed, and most-blogged lists.
All research papers will benefit from rapid peer review and publication, and will be deposited in PubMed Central.’ Perhaps readers may find it ironic that PLoS ONE, first dismissed by Nature as an ‘online database’ ‘relying on bulk, cheap publishing of lower quality papers to subsidize its handful of high-quality flagship journals’ seems to be setting the standards for ‘a new era in publishing.’
Here’s what they say on the website:
Online and open access, Scientific Reports is a brand new primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural sciences — biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences.
Scientific Reports exists to facilitate the rapid peer review and publication of research that is of interest to specialists within any given field in the natural sciences, without barriers to access.
Scientific Reports is:
- Fast — rapid review and publication
- Rigorous — peer review by at least one member of the academic community
- Open — articles are freely available to all and authors retain copyright
- Visible — enhanced browsing and searching to ensure your article is noticed
- Interlinked — to and from relevant articles across nature.com
- Global — housed on nature.com with worldwide media coverage
According to the Guide to Authors, it seems they will do any paper for a flat fee of $1350USD. I’m sure this will inspire somebody to do a test case for the “money talks, BS walks theory”.
Here’s the press release in full:
Announcing Scientific Reports, a new open access publication
PRESS RELEASE FROM NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
6 January 2011
Contact: Grace Baynes (Corporate Public Relations)
Nature Publishing Group
T:+44 (0)20 7014 4063
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) today announces the 2011 launch of Scientific Reports. An online, open access, peer-reviewed publication, Scientific Reports will publish research covering the natural sciences – biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics. Scientific Reports is accepting submissions from today, and will publish its first articles in June 2011. More information is available on the Scientific Reports website (www.nature.com/scientificreports).
All articles published in Scientific Reports will be open access and subject to an article-processing charge (APC). The 2011 APC rate will be US$1350/GB£890/ EURO1046 per accepted manuscript*. Authors will have a choice of two non-commercial Creative Commons (CC) licenses. NPG will make an annual donation to Creative Commons equivalent to $20 per APC paid for publication in Scientific Reports.** Authors of the research paper concerned will be eligible for complimentary membership of the Creative Commons network, an international online community of people who support open access and open educational resources.
“Creative Commons is delighted to have NPG’s support for our activities,” said Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons. “We welcome the launch of Scientific Reports, and NPG’s growing open access offering.”
Scientific Reports will publish original research papers of interest to specialists within a given field in the natural sciences. It will not set a threshold of perceived importance for the papers that it publishes; rather, Scientific Reports will publish all papers that are judged to be technically valid and original. To enable the community to evaluate the importance of papers post-peer review, the Scientific Reports website will include most-downloaded, most-emailed, and most-blogged lists. All research papers will benefit from rapid peer review and publication, and will be deposited in PubMed Central.
“Our rationale is to provide authors with a choice of where to publish,” said Jason Wilde, Business Development Director at NPG. “Scientific Reports will leverage the tools, technology and experience of NPG, bringing this knowledge and insight to a broad-based, open access publication. Through increased competition and innovation, we hope to give authors great service, functionality and visibility for their research.”
Scientific Reports will be led by a team of 15 Editorial Advisory Panel members, supported by an editorial board who will make all editorial decisions. Unlike Nature Communications, Scientific Reports will not have in-house editors, and will not offer the developmental editing associated with the Nature titles.
“This is a completely new venture for NPG,” says David Hoole, Director of Intellectual Property Policy and Licensing at NPG. “Scientific Reports adds to our growing portfolio of journals providing open access options, but until now NPG has not offered researchers an open access home for solid scientific research. We continue to see increasing commitment by research funders to cover the costs of open access, and interest from authors in this publishing route.” Scientific Reports joins more than 40 titles published by NPG offering an open access option. More information about NPG’s open access activities and policies is available in NPG’s January 2011 open access position statement (www.nature.com/press_releases/statement.html).
Editorial Advisory Panel members as of 6 January 2011
(see www.nature.com/srep/eap-ebm for more detail and Editorial Board members)
Astrophysics, Avi Loeb, Harvard University, USA
Cancer, Ronald DePinho, Harvard University, USA
Cell Biology, Suzanne Pfeffer, Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Chemical Biology, Stuart Schreiber, Harvard University, USA
Chemistry, Andrew Holmes, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lee Kump, Penn State University, USA
Genetics and Genomics, Aravinda Chakravarti, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Immunology, Ronald Germain, NIAID, USA
Molecular Biology, Shelley L Berger, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Molecular Biology, John Diffley, Cancer Research UK, UK
Neuroscience, Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge, UK
Plant Cell Biology, Ueli Grossniklaus, Institute of Plant Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Physics, Shik Shin, University of Tokyo, Japan
Stem Cells and Development, Fiona Watt, Cancer Research UK/Cambridge Research Institute, UK
*Scientific Reports will offer a 20% discount on the APC for manuscripts accepted for publication before 31 December 2011. From January 2012, the APC will be US$1700/GB£1112/EURO1308
** Total annual donation from NPG will be up to $100,000