Nature Precedings: going boldly where no publisher has gone before

I have to wholeheartedly agree with Tim O’Reilly’s blog post when discussing Nature Precedings, “Kudos to Timo and his team at Nature. They are consistently the boldest and most innovative of publishers — and it’s so rare to see a market leader with Nature’s unparalleled reputation taking such risks. It’s truly inspiring”. This is a reference to Timo Hannay who is Director of Web Publishing at Nature magazine. Nature Precedings is “a place for researchers to share pre-publication research, unpublished manuscripts, presentations, posters, white papers, technical papers, supplementary findings, and other scientific documents. Submissions are screened by our professional curation team for relevance and quality, but are not subjected to peer review”. A team of curators filters submissions and those accepted appear within a few hours under a Creative Commons licence. After release the published articles are subjected to open review in a Digg-like voting system. The service is free to authors and readers, and has been encouraged with the aid of academic partnerships.

Surely this is a very significant breakthrough in open access publishing. My only regret is that computer science is not part of Nature Precedings remit. We now need another publisher who does cover information technology to emulate Nature.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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