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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.

special issue of Entropy

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , on September 11, 2020 by xi'an

news from PCI

Posted in Books, pictures, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2020 by xi'an

Nature tidbits

Posted in Books, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2019 by xi'an

Before returning a few older issues of Nature to the coffee room of the maths department, a quick look brought out the few following items of interests, besides the great cover above:

  • France showing the biggest decline in overal output among the top 10 countries in the Nature Index Annual Tables.
  • A tribune again the EU’s Plan S, towards funding (private) publishers directly from public (research) money. Why continuing to support commercial journals one way or another?!
  • A short debate on geo-engineering towards climate control, with the dire warning that “little is known about the consequences” [which could be further damaging the chances of human survival on this planet].
  • Another call for the accountability of companies designing AI towards fairness and unbiasedness [provided all agree on the meaning of these terms]
  • A study that argues that the obesity epidemics is more prevalent in rural than urban areas due to a higher recourse to junk food in the former.
  • A data mining venture in India to mine [not read] 73 million computerised journal articles, which is not yet clearly legal as the publishers object to it. Although the EU (and the UK) have laws authorising mining for non-commercial goals. (And India has looser regulations wrt copyright.)
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