Tag Archives: open access

Choice articles from the arXiv

The open access movement has gotten a fair amount of attention in recent years due to everyone realizing how much of a cartel the traditional publication model actually is.  This uproar actually recently resulted in the government making it such that all publicly funded research must be made freely available to anyone that wants to

I Went Open Access: The Story So Far

This past week, one of my graduate students and I published a paper at PLoS ONE, a leading open access journal (if you are interested in politics and economic inequality, I suggest you head over and check it out here). I’m not the first researcher (or psychologist) to use PLoS ONE as an outlet for my work, but it’s still a relatively new place for social/personality psychologists to publish their findings. Because of the “newness” of this whole venture, I thought it might be nice to tell you a bit about my experience, so far.
(1) Was the paper reviewed? Were the reviews fair?The paper was handled by an editor (whose name appears on the publication) and one expert reviewer. The paper itself went through two rounds of revision before it was accepted for publication. I thought the reviewer comments were fair and reasonable in all respects–we were primarily asked to situate our findings more completely in the existing literature. This meant adding a few more citations, mostly of classic research.
The reviewer also asked us to conduct a few more statistical analyses, some of which ended up in the final paper, while the rest ended up in the supplementary materials. All in all, I was left feeling quite positively about the whole process.

PeerJ celebrates a year as innovators in open access publishing


Peter Binfield is so busy he almost forgot that his new company, PeerJ, was turning one year old this week. I met up with him on Wednesday during a rare moment of indulgent relaxation at Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur, California. Peter was preparing to go on vacation to celebrate Father’s Day with his family, his first break since he started working on PeerJ. We talked about his years at the Public Library of Science (PLoS), co-founded by UC Berkeley’s Michael Eisen, the progress PeerJ has made since their launch, and the future of open access publishing.