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a message from the Editor of Statistics & Computing

Posted in Books, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2022 by xi'an

[This is a message from Ajay Jasra, new Editor in Chief of Statistics & Computing, regarding submissions (and another stone in Springer’s garden).]

Subject: New Submissions at Statistics and Computing

Dear Prospective Authors,

As you may be aware Springer has introduced a new system for the management of article submissions. Despite my best efforts, there are several missing functionalities which make efficient management of article submissions virtually impossible. We do expect the system to be fixed by the new year, but that does not help us in the short-term.

I would please request all new submissions, until further notice, to be made on the old editorial manager:

so that we can properly handle your manuscript.

Kind Regards,

Ajay Jasra
EIC Statistics & Computing

the Peer Community journal [not the PCI journal!]

Posted in Books, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2021 by xi'an

After a debate within the PCI (Peer Community in) communities as to whether or not create a Peer Community Journal, the decision was made to launch it and it is now ready. A really great initiative that I support (albeit from a fringe field when considering the range of the PCIs) and which can only succeed (to bypass traditional journals) if submissions happen. (There already exists a PCI Journal, specialising in research on precast, prestressed concrete. Not to be confused with!) To quote from the journal webpage,

Once an article has been recommended by a PCI, the authors can opt to leave it on a preprint server, to publish it in Peer Community Journal, to submit it to a PCI-friendly journal or to any other journal.

Peer Community Journal is run by researchers for researchers and is funded by public research institutions. It is:

  • Unique = it is a single journal for all PCIs, and a generalist journal (Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genomics, Archaeology, Paleontology, Network Science, Zoology, Infection, etc. )
  • Free = it is a diamond open-access journal (free for both authors and readers), financed by public research institutions and Plan S compatible.
  • Exclusive = it publishes only articles recommended by PCI
  • Unconditional = it can publish any PCI-recommended article in its recommended version
  • Opt-in = it publishes articles only if the authors wish it
  • Immediate = after recommendation by a PCI, no delay between transfer to the journal and publication
  • Community-based, with more than 1500 recommenders playing the role of Editors

This journal, created and funded by the PCI organization, accepts PCI-recommended articles without further peer reviews.

can you spare a dime? [or rather 113,900?]

Posted in Books, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2020 by xi'an

Just read the announcement in Nature of 24 November that

Publisher Springer Nature has announced how scientists can make their papers in its most selective titles free to read as soon as they are published.

which is presented as a great advance to make scientific papers available for all to read. The catch is that there is no free lunch, obviously, as the author(s) have to pay Springer a 1,514,324.68 krónur charge for immediate open access! The Nature article does mention the issue obviously, as this is such a huge amount of money that it makes publishing under such conditions inaccessible for all academics but those with sufficient funding grants. It also mentions an alternate scheme contemplated by some Nature outlets to introduce “a non-refundable fee of €2,190 to cover an editorial assessment and the peer-review process.” None of the fee going to reviewers, apparently. This “evolution” (?!) is driven by the EU Plan S for making scientific publications available to all, but it even more crucially calls for a radical reassessment of publishing policies for research that is publicly funded and publicly reviewed, then paid again by publicly funded libraries and institutions. Even more radical than India’s push for `One nation, one subscription’.

your interesting published article “An introduction to the special issue “

Posted in Books, University life with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2019 by xi'an

In the flow of unsolicited emails interested in publishing my work, a contender for the top call is this one as of today from Computer Communication & Collaboration that cites my foreword to the special issue of Statistics & Computing published out of the talks at MCMski IV in Chamonix. In 2014. (According to the above site, the publisher of the journal, Better Advances Press, does not meet most of its criteria and identified as predatory by Beall’s List, as of January 3, 2017.)

Your interesting published article “An introduction to the special issue “Joint IMS-ISBA meeting – MCMSki 4″” drives me to call for new papers, on behalf of Computer Communication & Collaboration, which is an English quarterly journal in Canada.

This peer-reviewed journal focuses on smart internet and it welcomes papers on general theories of computer science, data communications, multimedia, social network, machine learning, data mining, intelligent collaboration and other relevant topics, both theoretical and empirical.

All papers should be written in professional English. The length of 2000-6000 words is suggested. We accept papers in MS-word or PDF format.

If your paper is qualified for publication after refereeing, it will be published within 2-4 months from the date of submission.

Thank you for your consideration.

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