It is with great pride and excitement that I’m finally able to announce something that’s been in the works for a few months now. I will be accepting the role of inaugural editor-in-chief of an exciting new journal to be published by Elsevier: The Journal of Applied Publishing Experiments.
This amazing opportunity arose a few months ago, initiated by a blog post of mine that congratulated Elsevier on their wise marketing and publishing moves and this one a bit later, where I declare my undying loyalty to the Elsevier brand. The publisher of Elsevier immediately contacted me after that post to see if there was a way we could work together to advance the cause of scholarly publishing.
Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.
And thus began the discussions around the best way to do that. And before too long, this amazing JAPE was conceived.
The scope of the new journal is going to be very broad. It will be about the intersection between publishing, authoring and business models. And while the focus will be on practical solutions to difficult theoretical and economic problems, we will get into some high-falutin’ theorising too.
Some sample articles we have already solicited from some of the most important members of the online scholarly communications community:
- Alt-Metrics, Schmalt-Metrics
- Open Access for Fun and Profit
- How Institutional Open Access Declarations Are the Tools of the Devil
- Open Notebook Science: Just Say No!
- Data Wants to Be Free — Not!
- Why Depositing Articles in Your Institutional Repository Is a Bad Idea
- Librarians Are Not Your Friends
- Citizen Science: Would You Let Your Kids Operate the Large Hadron Collider?
- Journals Articles as Data Worth Mining: Fuhgeddaboudit!
- $60 an Article? Cheap at any Price
- Elsevier Are the Pink Fluffy Bunnies of Publishing
- The Best Libraries of Science Shouldn’t Belong to the Public
I can’t tell you who the superstars are who have written these articles are yet, but see if you can guess! And please feel free to pitch articles in the comments!
The first quarterly issue is scheduled for April 1, 2013. Of course the journal will be included in all major Elsevier journal bundles. The annual subscription rate will be US$100 for individuals and $US10,000 for libraries.
I’m incredibly proud to announce the first set of appointments to the editorial board. There are a stellar bunch to say the least! I am actively recruiting further members for the board amongst the librarian, scientific and publishing communities. Please feel free to apply in the comments.
- Peter Brantley, Internet Archive
- Amy Buckland, McGill University
- David Dobbs, Wired.com Blogger
- Jonathan Eisen, University of California, Davis
- Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College
- Joseph Kraus, University of Denver
- Michael Nielsen, Author of Reinventing Discovery
- Heather Piwowar, Dryad
- Dorothea Salo, University of Wisconsin — Madison
- Carl Zimmer, DiscoverMagazine.com Blogger
Our initial meeting is on the tropical island of Belize this coming June.
I know this might come as a surprise to many who have perhaps known me as an open access supporter but really, perhaps it’s time for all of us to grow up, put away our childish things and embrace reality. Show me the money, and all that.