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I recently chastised Harold Varmus for equating open-access publishing with pay-to-publish. While open-access journals do tend to have higher author charges than pay-access journals, many journals make money from both author charges and subscriber charges. That is, they are pay to publish and pay to read. A letter to Nature this week challenges the idea…

Varmus Screws the Pooch

Harold Varmus is one of the most high profile advocates of open access to biomedical research. As one of the cofounders of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), he has played an important role in making published results freely available to all. And he’s a Nobel Laureate, which ain’t too shaby either. Varmus was interviewed…

The Demise of PLoS?

I really like the PLoS journals. Their mission — to make research freely available — is totally awesome. And, on top of that, the journals publish very interesting research. PLoS Biology is a top notch journal, with papers on par with those in Science and Nature. And the specialty journals, like PLoS Genetics and PLoS…

The Ethics of Being an Open Access Publisher

BioMed Central advertises itself as “The Open Access Publisher” (see their logo floating next to this text). They publish a lot of journals, but I think the Public Library of Science (PLoS) has the lead when it comes to being THE open access publisher. That’s because everything published by PLoS is Open Access — it’s…

Too Many Cultures

During my first semester of college I took an introductory chemistry class from a poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate — that’s all one guy, not three. His Nobel Prize is in chemistry, which made him more than qualified to teach us about acids, transition metals, and the other basics of chemistry. He also advocated a…

Scientific Communication

I want to highlight two excellent items related to scientific communication: The first is a post by Tim Lamber on Deltoid in which he reproduces a comment by John Mashey. Mashey provides a very nice description of how scientists should deal with members of the media. Rather than merely berating bad science reporting (as some…

Michael Ashburner on Open Access

BioMed Central has posted videos of interviews of some notable scientists. Included is a video of friend of evolgen (and enemy of Prof. Steve Steve) Michael Ashburner espousing the virtues of open access. Ashburner was a signatory on the letter to Science encouraging publishers to make their journals publicly available. He also walks the walk,…

Two Posts on Publishing

Why should advisers encourage their students to publish? For the answer, read this post by TR Gregory. Why is the publishing industry afraid of open access? I can’t answer that question, but I can point you to the evidence for their fear: it’s right here. Jonathan Eisen points out why PRISM, the anti-open access lobbying…

Bill Hooker has taken Nature editor Maxine Clark to task for her claims about the open access status of the online features offered by the Nature Publishing Group. Maxine points to the various free online services offered by Nature — including Nature Precedings, Nature Reports, Nature Network, Scintilla, and the journal Molecular Systems Biology —…