ICTP Workshop 2007/BlogNotes on Future of Scientific Dissemination

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{{#titlehere:}} Please note that the present pages on the ICTP workshop were obtained from a mediawiki used during the workshop. There may be a number of links that go to missing pages, and other inconsistencies. Much of it is also very informal, and should be seen as workshop notes!

Philip E. Bourne PhD is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego. The future of Science Dissemination.

Talked about the integration between the 'publication' and the 'data on which the publication is based'. An exciting concept!

http://www.plos.org/ Founded 2000, by Harold Varmus, Patrick Brown, Michael Eisen. Change the way we do publishing. Open access business model (promised but not guaranteed), but no difference in the peer review model. http://www.plos.org/journals/license.html is http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  • You always own your own article (unlike traditional journals)
  • You also agree that anyone else can take your material, and do what they like, provided they attribute you. Also see wiki page ICTP Workshop 2007/Legal Issues

What are the drivers?

  1. Conscience. Tax payer pays for research, so should the tax payer not have the right to read it?
  2. Scientific Success. More people read and cite and open access paper. If your paper is locked away behind a publishing fee, less people will see it.

PLoS has open journal management system, that can be used by anybody to publish journals. We have a popular science magazine in Cambridge (http://www.bluesci.org), and perhaps we should use a system like this. It might be a bit to heavyweight, by could work quite well.

Some funders (NIH) require that any research done on their grants needs to be published with open access. Other funders allow research grants to pay for open access publishing.

Other access initiatives AGORA, HINARI, OARE, http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/ http://www.who.int/hinari/en/ http://www.oaresciences.org/en/. INASP http://www.inasp.info/. Aptivate http://www.aptivate.org/ is working with AGORA and HINARI on low bandwidth access.

Protein Data Bank. http://www.pdb.org You cannot publish a paper unless data are deposited. If you do not deposit your data in the data bank, your paper is not considered for publication.

DOI = Digital Object Identifier. http://www.doi.org/ A DOI is attached to each article, but could also be attached to each figure within the article. This allows you to pull out parts of an article very easily. 'Cross Ref' is the keeper of DOIs.

Parallel submission processes for both publications, and depositing of data.

'The Knowledge and Data Cycle'. http://biolit.ucsd.edu Integrating Open Literature and Databases.

  1. Discover paper as usual.
  2. Through link from paper, obtain the figure, link to the molecule, and retrieve a view on the molecule
  3. Retrieve other papers relating to this molecule, and discover other journals in that way

Leaving tags in published works.

Peer review. A badly peer-reviewed paper can impart less knowledge than a (not peer reviewed) blog.