Nature has recently opened up its vast treasure trove to all those who know someone with access to them. Here I wonder at the irony of the fact that they are raising more barriers in the name of access!
There was a small island kingdom, inhabited by a peaceful race of people who prospered through the advances they had made in agriculture. One day, they were visited by a shipful of traders from a faraway and exotic country. However, unknown to them, stowed away in the holds of the ship, came a few rats. … Continue reading The Parable of the Farmers Plagued by Rats: AKA Publications in Advancing Medical Careers
From Aaron’s last blog post: Thus Master Wayne is left without solutions. Out of options, it’s no wonder the series ends with his staged suicide. A year younger to me, and yet, he’s achieved ore than I could imagine achieving in my whole life, and at the untimely age of 26 years, he has gone … Continue reading Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide: The Dark Knight Falls
With an innovative move to have open peer review of submissions to the IJMI on the G+ community (closed and available only to the members of the group, who are invited by the Moderator/Editor of the Group), they have broken new ground. Now open peer review is nothing new. The BMJ has, amongst many other … Continue reading Social Peer Review: The IJMI Breaks New Ground
I have been very excited about PeerJ ever since Peter Binfield took up the challenge of bringing down the costs of publication in an online, open access environment a few months ago. I wrote about it, expressed my skepticism at the “starting at 99$” tag, but nonetheless, was fascinated by the audacious claim of bringing … Continue reading PeerJ Calls for Papers: Disruptive Innovation in Open Access