Copyright©2008 Antony Williams
Things are coming together for the release of ChemSpider Journal of Chemistry by the end of 2008. We are presently developing an editorial board and invitations have been sent out to those who support what we have been trying to deliver in terms of ChemSpider as a resource for chemists, those who have a passion for sharing chemistry with the community and specifically people who are willing to actively participate.
One of the discussions that we hope to have completed before we go live is the “peer-review process”. The journal is going to be a mixture of content including interesting posts from the blogosphere, other Open Access content, reviews and original research articles. Our intention is that every research article will go online as a “preprint” for feedback from the community. If any issues are seen with the initial submission (missing figures, missing sections etc) then feedback will be given immediately to the submitter. When the “preprint” is put online then up to four people will be invited to provide feedback. This will be public feedback. In parallel the entire community is invited to participate in the feedback process.
Based on the feedback the submitter(s) will edit their article and respond to the community, if they wish, and, after a certain embargo period, may reissue their article. Feedback may then continue.
This journal format represents the shifts occuring in the reporting of science today. While today some scientists report via their blogs and wikis this is a very small community. With the ChemSpider Journal of Chemistry we are offering an environment where, in theory, the traffic exposure of a scientists work will be much higher than on a blog or wiki, a peer review process will be operating and, if the journal gains the intended credibility, will be appropriate for listing on a CV (not that blogs and wikis are inappropriate!).
This is a process in development…Stumble it!