In the UO Science Library blog I try to highlight new open access science journals as I hear about them. If one looks relevant to innovations in visualizing, preserving, presenting or sharing data, I’ll also include them here.
Here’s a recently launched journal that is focused on “big data” studies, and will be waiving the article processing charge for all articles published during the first year.
GigaScience aims to revolutionize data dissemination, organization, understanding, and use. An online open-access open-data journal, we publish ‘big-data’ studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences. To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.
Our scope covers not just ‘omic’ type data and the fields of high-throughput biology currently serviced by large public repositories, but also the growing range of more difficult-to-access data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort data, systems biology and other new types of large-scale sharable data.
Highlights from the SOAP project survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing was posted on arXiv.org
Abstract from arXiv.org:
The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing.
Around forty thousands answers were collected across disciplines and around the world, showing an overwhelming support for the idea of open access, while highlighting funding and (perceived) quality as the main barriers to publishing in open access journals.
This article serves as an introduction to the survey and presents this and other highlights from a preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data are hereby released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing.
Cameron Neylon, in this post on his Science in the Open blog, digs into some of the details about open access publishing and what Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is doing to produce a PLoS-like publication. I know, not too exciting…
But worth a read for faculty in the sciences.