Nature’s peer review process has been maintained, unchanged, for decades. We, the editors, believe that the process functions well, by and large. But, in the spirit of being open to considering alternative approaches, we are taking two initiatives: a web debate and a trial of a particular type of open peer review.
The trial will not displace Nature’s traditional confidential peer review process, but will complement it. From 5 June 2006, authors may opt to have their submitted manuscripts posted publicly for comment.
En estos tres años largos que estoy con un pie en el mundo académico no he dejado de alucinar con el demencial sistema de publicación científica. Por eso está bien que esta gente se empiece a cuestionar el sistema tradicional. Han abierto dos sitios para las probaturas. Uno de ellos es Web debate:
The web debate contains a range of perspectives about peer review from those who believe it is working well, to those who prefer other options.
El otro es el Peer review trial:
In Nature’s peer review trial, lasting for three months, authors can choose to have their submissions posted on a preprint server for open comments, in parallel with the conventional peer review process. Anyone in the field may then post comments, provided they are prepared to identify themselves. Once the usual confidential peer review process is complete, the public ‘open peer review’ process will be closed. Nature will report on the results after the trial period is over.
Bienvenido el aire fresco.