Biggest titles’ opening of sister periodicals is taking submissions away from specialist titles, researchers warn
On November 6, 2017, the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) launched its website to raise the visibility of scientific journals published by societies, which “provide authors with the opportunity to have their work validated by peers in a fair manner for publication in a prestigious journal managed by working scientists” (https://byscientistsforscience.org). The founding societies, including APS, seek to promote the unique values of journals owned by mission-driven societies that emphasize quick yet robust peer review, working scientists who serve as the editors as well as the reviewers, and reinvestment in the communities from which the journals are generated.
One of the organizers of the newly formed Scientific Society Pub-lisher Alliance (SSPA) recently published an editorial highlighting the advantages of publishing in society journals (Johnston, 2017). As a founding member of this alliance, the American Society for Cell Bi-ology (ASCB) fully embraces this message. Like other society jour-nals, Molecular Biology of the Cell, the ASCB’s science research journal, has as its only objectives advancing scientific practice and communication.
As researchers, we are unlikely to spend much time reflecting on one of the often-forgotten pillars
Information is more accessible than ever. If you are curious about the cast of a TV show from 1975, or lyrics to your favorite ‘80s pop song, you’ll be satisfied in seconds. Yet if you want to read scientific research articles, you are likely to come up empty-handed. And that “open access” model that was supposed to offer a solution? It’s created new problems.