John Cumbers blogs: here are the initial requirements that we mentioned, please edit away here: , leave comments on the blog below…
From the Feb 6th publishing teleconference
1) Alternative channel for smaller publication units, e.g protocol publication, videos, wiki pages, not necessarily competing with traditional PDF type journals.
2 )ability to Publish OWW wiki pages
3) ability for community to give and get some type of reward
4) DOI given when community feels it is good enough
Old posting: What would be your top 5 priorities from a new style publishing system?
John Cumbers says:
I was charged with two tasks at the last steering committee meeting, the first was to stoke the fire of the steering committee blog, the second was to fire up the publishing group into action. With the steering committee teleconference this Thursday, I present both to you here for fear of being shamed:
We’ve been thinking about how OWW might shake up the publishing model for a while now, in July 06 there was an OWW retreat held at MIT, we had some great ideas for reddit, digg or slashdot style publishing systems but none were carried through (I take some of that responsibility, my idea was to launch a local version of digg (pligg) but it didn’t fly. Recently these ideas have surfaced again with Julius Lucks suggesting an OWW Arxiv style pre-print server and Drew Endy suggesting a Poww (Proceedings of Open Wetware journal) on the steering committee list serve. Now that OWW has more resources (staff, money..) there are calls to broach the subject once more.
It was suggested that the publishing needs of the synthetic biology community might be a good place to start this discussion as it was a young field, full of converts, and in need of a suitable low cost, fast publishing channel which was not currently being met. From emailing with Jim Haselhoff last year, editor of IET syn bio, I know that he already has plans for a free web based publishing model for foundational research in synthetic biology. It was also previously suggested that could work with publishers to provide incentives for sharing information that isn’t traditional peer-reviewed. On the traditional side, here is what is on offer so far:
So I’ve probably missed some so please add any in the comments and I’ll edit them in, but there is a start to the discussion on what the community would want from a fast web based publishing channel and how it could be achieved, more importantly how could recognition be gained from this way of publishing.
I propose a discussion via the comments here first, followed by a teleconference for all those interested on Wed this week before the Thu main steering committee teleconference, please sign up if you’re interested, in the meantime: What would be your top 5 priorities from a new style publishing system, I start with mine:
1) Incremental publishing of open science, as it happens
2) commenting system, real names
3) A way to guide me through the information, down with the scroll bar
4) video, screen casts and beautifully laid out information
5) Something like RSS updates, without the feeling of being overloaded
Speak with you Wed/Thu I hope,