The continued silence from major funders involved in the eLife-PubMed Central scandal is creating a noise all its own.
Funders — corporate, governmental, and philanthropic — have different priorities, yet they are now reaching into scientific publishing, wearing OA as a glove that fits. This post explores the problems this is creating and might create if allowed to perpetuate.
Funder-sponsored journals raise important conflict of interest questions, and may be fundamentally untenable in an industry that requires independent third-party evaluation of research reports.
Can a new open access journal that relies on working scientists to oversee its review process compete with other top-tier journals that employ professional editors?
While all sustainable publishing requires funding, where the funding comes from, why it’s provided, who provides it, when it’s provided, and what they expect for it sheds some light on some key issues.
A new open access journal announced with much fanfare, but with few details, no name and no business plan.