Friday, October 26, 2012

Open Access and Post Publication Peer Review

Matthieu just sent me the following:

Dear Igor,

I found a nice video about Open Access Publishing on PhdComics ( At the end, it provides a link to the 6th Open Access Week (, which is described as:

I think it might be of interest for your Nuit Blanche readers following the Post Peer-Review discussion.

Best Regards, 
 A global event, now in its 6th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

The post peer-review discussion and open access certainly are dealing with similar issues. Open Access could enable enterprising minds to set up a post peer review process. However most current versions of open access journals currently still rely on pre-publication peer review which is the crux of the assumption we are questioning. In short, the value of a paper is not in the quality of the journal or the very few and possibility uninformed gate-keepers, it is about how that work stands the unrelenting scrutiny of time. Thanks Matthieu.

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