The Journal of Open Source Software was designed from scratch using the principles of open source and software design practices. This has both advantages and disadvantages, particularly with respect to elements of the traditional scholarly publishing ecosystem.
Arfon M. Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open Source Software, and Staff Product Manager for Data at GitHub. Previously he was the founding Head of the Data Science Mission Office at Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore – the home of the Hubble Space Telescope and the MAST NASA archive. He is interested in broadening the range of creditable activities in modern research, especially recognizing open source software contributions.