A new open access journal

Three major international research institutions, the Max-Planck Society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Wellcome Trust announced the launch of a new top-notch open-access journal for biomedical and life sciences that is set to rival the likes of ‘nature‘ and ‘science‘.

As the journal will only exist online, it offers an opportunity to create a journal and article format that will exploit the potential of new technologies to allow for improved data presentation. The journal will be an open access journal, i.e. the entire content will be freely available for all to read, to reproduce and for unrestricted use. This open access system will also enhance opportunities to share content and to more directly engage the reader.

I couldn’t agree more with the goals, and – with three premier-league heavy-weight research organisations behind it – I really do hope they’ll pull it off! Now Randy Schekman (editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS) has been named to build and lead the team. They have a lot of work ahead of them before the journal takes off next year – there doesn’t even seem to be a definite name/title of the journal as yet. It will be interesting to see what approaches and creative solutions will come out of this effort and how that will improve over existing OpenAccess journals like the Public Library of Science PLoS or the BioMedCentral BMC.


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