Monday, June 4, 2018

Something to watch: Peeriodicals

The people who brought us PubPeer (a post-peer review site) recently launched a site called Peeriodicals, which is intended as a way for scientists to curate preprints and existing articles on a specific topic or area of interest to them. This new site is in beta mode at the moment. The intention is to offer something a bit more positive than PubPeer, which exists mainly to critique published articles. Keep in mind that these curated "journals" are not "journals" in the tradition sense of the term, as the articles curated are ones that already exist. That said, there does seem to be an opportunity for interested scientists to act as editors, form editorial teams, and create collections of preprints and published articles that deserve attention. We'll see how it works out. Good intentions do not necessarily lead to good outcomes, but one can hope so in this case.

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